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‘Traviata’, ‘Ballo’ Highlight Paris Opera

March 15, 2006

PARIS (AP) _ New productions of Verdi’s ``La Traviata″ and ``Un Ballo in Maschera,″ Halevy’s ``La Juive″ and Charpentier’s ``Louise″ highlight the 2007-8 season of the Paris Opera.

There also will be new productions of Berlioz’s ``Les Troyens,″ Mozart’s ``Idomeneo″ a double bill of Bartok’s ``Bluebeard’s Castle″ and Janacek’s ``The Diary of One Who Disappeared,″ plus Salvatore Sciarrino’s ``Da Gelo a Gelo,″ the company announced Wednesday.

The season opens Sept. 9 at the Bastille with Natalie Dessay and Matthew Polenzani in a revival of Donizetti’s ``Lucia di Lammermoor.″

Deborah Polaski and Jon Villars headline ``Les Troyens″ starting Oct. 11 at the Bastille in a production honoring the late director Herbert Wernicke. ``Idomeneo″ opens Nov. 30 at the Palais Garnier in a Luc Bondy production starring Ramon Vargas, Joyce DiDonato, Camilla Tilling, Mireille Delunsch and Thomas Moser.

Also at the Garnier is the Janacek/Bartok double bill starting Jan. 26, 2007. The cast in ``Bluebeard″ includes Willard White and Uria-Monzon.

Neil Shicoff stars in ``La Juive″ at the Bastille starting Feb. 16, 2007, in a Pierre Audi production that includes Anna Caterina Antonacci and Annick Massis, and ``Louise″ opens at the Bastille on March 27, 2007, with a cast headlined by Delunsch and Jose Van Dam.

Salvatore Sciarrino’s ``Da Gelo a Gelo,″ a co-commission with the Grand Theatre de Geneve and the Schwetzinger Festpele, begins May 23, 2007, at the Palais Garnier in a production directed by Trisha Brown.

``Ballo″ stars Marcelo Alvarez and Angela Brown and opens at the Bastille on June 4, 2007. Semyon Bychkov conducts, and the production is by Gilbert Deflo. ``La Traviata″ followed on June 16 at the Garnier in a Christoph Marthaler production starring Christine Schaefer, Jonas Kaufmann and Van Dam. Sylvain Cambreling conducts.


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