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7th Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane Paris

1-30 June 2019

1st June: MAÎTRE PÉRONILLA by Offenbach – Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 15 June: MAM’ZELLE NITOUCHE by Hervé – Théâtre Marigny
14 June: DUETS FOR TWO CELLOS by Offenbach – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
15 June: LES FLEURS DU MÂLE – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
16 June: SACRED & PROFANE – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
17 June: OFFENBACH COLORATURE – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
20, 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30 June: MADAME FAVART by Offenbach – Opéra Comique
21, 22 and 23 June: LECOCQ & BARBIER – Studio Marigny
29 June: BERLIOZ & MARTINI: MASSES – Chapelle Royale du Château de Versailles

A season of opéras-bouffes in the centre of Paris!

An entire season will be devoted to this specific aspect of the French opera repertoire, which favours bawdy dialogue and saucy songs. A clutch of rare and entertaining works will be performed by a group of young highly imaginative artists in collaboration with the Théâtre Marigny.

Mam’zelle Nitouche in tour

Mam’zelle Nitouche (1883) by Hervé
Vaudeville-opérette in three acts and four tableaux

7 and 9 October: Opéra de Limoges (France)
23, 24 and 25 November: Opéra Comédie de Montpellier (France)
30 November, 1st and 2 December: Opéra de Rouen Normandie (France)
27, 28, 30 and 31 December: Grand Théâtre de Tours (France)
10, 11 and 13 January: Opéra de Lausanne (Switzerland)
16 and 17 March: Opéra Confluence, Avignon (France)
11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 May: Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse (France)
7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 15 June: Théâtre Marigny, Paris (France)

Summer break

The Palazzetto Bru Zane will be closed to the public from Monday 13 to Friday 31 August.
Free guided tours of the Palazzetto Bru Zane are interrupted throughout the month of August due to the summer break and will resume from Thursday 6 September.

Festival Berlioz (FRANCE)

with Véronique Gens, Mark Van Arsdale, Vincent Le Texier
Daniel Kawka, conductor
With the support of the Palazzetto Bru Zane

with Diana Axentii, Sébastien Droy, Mikhail Timoshenko
Hervé Niquet, conductor
Production Bru Zane France

6th Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane Paris

1-29 June 2018

1 June – FRENCH QUARTET NIGHT – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 June – LA NONNE SANGLANTE by Charles GOUNOD – Opéra Comique
3 June – GOUNOD GOTHIQUE – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
4 June – A CENTURY OF FRENCH MÉLODIE – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
4, 5 and 6 June – Symposium: Gounod on the stage – Opéra Comique
5 and 6 June – 2 BOUFFES EN 1 ACTE – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
6 June – AU PAYS OÙ SE FAIT LA GUERRE – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
9 and 10 June – RÊVES D’ORIENT – Philharmonie de Paris
14 June – FAUST by Charles GOUNOD – Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
16 June – GALA GOUNOD – Auditorium de Radio France
19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27 and 29 June – LES P’TITES MICHU by André MESSAGER – Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet

New staged production: Les P’tites Michu

13, 15. 17, 23 and 24 May 2018 – Théâtre Graslin, Nantes (France)*
31 May 2018 – Centre des Bords de Marne, Le Perreux-sur-Marne (France)
10 and 12 June 2018 – Grand Théâtre, Angers (France)*
19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27 and 29 June 2018 – Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet, Paris (France)

Operetta in 3 acts by André MESSAGER, premiered on 16 November 1897 at the Bouffes-Parisiens

Pierre Dumoussaud musical direction
Rémy Barché stage director


Plaisirs d’amour in tour

23 March 2018 – La Seine Musicale, Boulogne-Billancourt (France)
25 March 2018 – Arsenal de Metz (France)
5 April 2018 – MC2:Grenoble (France)
7 April 2018 – Philharmonie Essen (Germany)
14 April 2018 – Théâtre de Caen (France)

Mélodies with orchestra by DUBOIS, MASSENET, SAINT-SAËNS, PIERNÉ etc.

Sandrine Piau soprano
Julien Chauvin conductor

Gounod gothique in tour

13 March 2018 – Miry Concertzaal, Gand (Belgium)
14 March 2018 – Chapelle Corneille, Rouen (France)
24 March 2018 – Arsenal de Metz (France)
26 March 2018 – Cathédrale Notre-Dame d’Anvers (Belgium)
8 April 2018 – Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice (Italy)
3 June 2018 – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris (France)

Choral music and transcriptions for choir of works by BACH, PALESTRINA, MOZART

Hervé Niquet conductor
François Saint-Yves organ

2 Bouffes en 1 acte: 11 and 12 January in Venice

Les Deux Aveugles (1855) by Offenbach
Le Compositeur toqué (1854) by Hervé

It might be hard to believe that one-act operas and operettas represent almost two-thirds of the repertory of French musical theatre in the Romantic period, so rarely are they performed nowadays. These pieces, intended for the use of small theatres with often limited financial resources, were subject to the proscriptions of a law of 1807: no more than two or three characters on stage, no chorus, no ballet . . . But Hervé and Offenbach – past masters in the art of getting round prohibitive regulations – managed to make the most of these limitations by getting the audience to imagine what they could not show.

The Resurrection of Le Tribut de Zamora by Charles Gounod

28 January 2018 – Prinzregententheater, Munich

The Münchner Rundfunkorchester and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, under the direction of Hervé Niquet, will revive Gounod’s last opera, Le Tribut de Zamora. This veritable epic typical of the tradition of French grand opéra sweeps the spectator off on a journey through the history of ninth-century Spain and enables the composer to enlarge his palette. This modern premiere of the work in concert will also be recorded for a world premiere release in the ‘French Opera’ series of CD-books.

Les Chevaliers de la Table ronde: 29, 30 and 31 December at the Théâtre de Caen

Les Chevaliers de la Table ronde (1866) by Hervé
Opéra-bouffe in three acts
Version for 13 singers and 12 instrumentalists

Les Chevaliers de la Table ronde (The Knights of the Round table) is the first of Hervé’s great operettas, with which he launched the cycle of his four masterpieces (followed by L’Œil crevé, Chilpéric and Le Petit Faust). Rather than narrating the well-known adventures of Lancelot and Merlin, the opera stages an imaginary world rich with allusions to an enchanted Middle Ages.

Mam’zelle Nitouche: from 14 to 20 December at the Théâtre Graslin (Nantes – France)

Mam’zelle Nitouche (1883) by Hervé
Vaudeville-opérette in three acts and four tableaux

Even though it is not Hervé’s final composition, Mam’zelle Nitouche may be regarded as his musical testament, or at least his crowning achievement. The work, whose subject was based on the composer’s own life – a convent organist becomes a man of the theatre and composer of light music once night has fallen – skilfully blends the comic tone of the post-1870 period (as found in Lecocq, in particular), the spirit of café-concert revues and the breathless rhythm of the spoken theatre inherited from Labiche.

First concert live broadcasted on Bru Zane Classical Radio

Tonight, tune in to Bru Zane Classical Radio and listen to ‘Antoine Reicha’ a recital by the pianist Ivan Ilić, broadcast live from the Palazzetto Bru Zane!
⏰ Thursday 28 September at 8 p.m. on the dot!

2 Bouffes en 1 acte: 6 and 7 October at La Ferme du Buisson (France)

Le Compositeur toqué (1854)
Les Deux Aveugles (1855)

This incredibly amusing and inventive repertory never fails to involve its spectators, so that auditorium and stage combine to celebrate in unison the ‘esprit de Paris’, halfway between bawdy comedy and surrealistic situations.

New ‘Portraits’ series CD-book: Félicien David

The ‘Portrait’ of Félicien David (1810-1876) aims to complement the discography already available with world premiere recordings of the composer’s works: the Symphony no. 3, the Overture to his opéra-comique La Perle du Brésil, the ode-symphonie Christophe Colomb (1847), Le Jugement dernier (the concluding apotheosis of the opera Herculanum), the Mélodies orientales for solo piano, the very rare early motets for chorus in varied scorings…

Festival Ravel – from 27 August to 17 September 2017

The Palazzetto Bru Zane and the Académie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, continue for the third season their partnership focusing on tuition of the French Romantic repertory. Pronunciation and a feeling for theatre à la française for singers, and the notion of a ‘stylistic school’ for the instrumentalists, form the programme for the individual classes, masterclasses and lectures offered (in public) to the young musicians participating in the 2017 edition. Discover all the Ravel Festival events.

Interruption of guided tours throughout August

Free guided tours of the Palazzetto Bru Zane are interrupted throughout the month of August due to the summer break. They will resume from Thursday 7th September.

New season 2017-2018

Discover all the activities of the new season 2017-2018 on the web site or read our brochure online (French version).

New CD release: “Visions”

After an album of French songs ‘Néère’ that earned her a Gramophone Award in 2016, Véronique Gens presents her new recital, this time with orchestra, which gives her an opportunity to display the maturity of her ‘Falcon’ soprano, the central tessitura typical of French Romantic opera.
With the Münchner Rundfunkorchester conducted by Hervé Niquet

5th edition of the Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane in Paris

Discover all the programming of the 5th edition of the Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane in Paris.