An elite orchestra, directed by the greatest conductors. Soloists continually involved in the daily life of the Paris Opera, the world of high-level teaching and the life of French and international music.
Currently numbering 174 of the world's finest musicians, in an increasingly young age bracket and often recruiting at an international level, the Orchestra takes part in practically all the productions at the Paris Opera's two houses – Garnier and Bastille, covering close to 280 performances per season.
Virtuoso performers, composers or teachers, its musicians have called for the best instruments, trained their own successors and stimulated the imagination of composers.
The constant quality of the Paris Opera Orchestra can perhaps be explained by its involvement in teaching. Numerous musicians from the previous generation, professors at the Paris national conservatory of music (Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris), such as Pierre Thibaud, Pierre Pierlot, Maurice Allard, Guy Deplus and Pierre Doukan, have been responsible for training today's musicians (who today are themselves teachers in the same institution).
Never bound by exclusive contracts, Opera musicians have played an active part in the creation of chamber music ensembles, in the formation of the major Paris symphony orchestras and in the development of radio broadcasting and subsequently records/CDs. Their wide-ranging skills have made them the main players in the musical life of France since classical times. Through their love of the theatre and loyalty to the Orchestra, they have guaranteed the Paris Opera's worldwide reputation today.
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Philippe Jordan, Robert Wilson – Stéphane Degout (Pelléas), Elena Tsallagova (Mélisande), Anne Sofie von Otter (Geneviève), Vincent le Texier (Golaud)
Angelin Preljocaj – Nicolas Le Riche (Siddharta), Aurélie Dupont (L'Éveil) – Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris
Rudolf Nureyev – Agnès Letestu (Odette), José Martinez (Siegfried) – Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris
A Masterpiece revisited
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