Marianne Croux and Mateusz Hoedt in Philippe Boesmans' La Ronde/Reigen
The Paris Opera Académie has further developed under the artistic leadership of Christoph Schirm since the arrival of Stéphane Lissner as boss of the Paris Opera. Monday evening's performance of Philippe Boesmans' Reigen/La Ronde, first performed in Brussels two decades ago, provided ample evidence of the exceptional talent of the singers now in the Académie programme - and I was particularly delighted to see Irish soprano Sarah Shine again after the mark she made in Neue Stimmen in 2015. She is still barely 24 years old and a valuable new addition to the Paris Opera, as well as being an ambassador for all Irish talent of which so much has emerged from Dublin in recent years.
I was also impressed by Marianne Croux - a new member of this ensemble who has in contrast to Sarah has had more experience. It is a wonderful voice and she grips the attention. Both these young women promise much.
Earlier on Today I had the treat of meeting up with Isabel Garcisanz an old friend from Glyndebourne 1966, Wexford 1968 and for half a dozen subsequent seasons. But I had not seen her for more than 40 years....wow time flies! We had a delicious lunch in the Restaurant Suffren near her apartment. She is still at work passing on the wisdom and experience of her years to young people at the École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot.
Yesterday I made my way early in the morning to the charming Gare Austerlitz to get a train to Gourdon where I was met by my old friend Christopher Hunt. I am spending a couple of days with him in he pretty village of La Masse, down the road from and within the commune of Les Junies - this is in the Lot department and in the Cahors appellation territory! Its a good place to find excellent cheese and saucisse sec as well........I'll bring lots of stuff home!
More reports of good things later!