New Face of the Paris Opera

From the review by Renaud Machart in Le Monde: “It’s a little like the world turned inside out: when the Metropolitan Opera of New York. long accused of conservatism, opens its season, September 21 with a “Tosca” of Puccini staged by Luc Bondy, the Paris Opera presents, September 14, “Mireille” of Charles Gounod in a staging by Nicolas Joel, new director of the establishment, which has the sepia scent of “your father’s opera.”
The review continues by calling the staging “maladroit retro realism, with grotesque dances…” and scenes looking like a “post card in relief.” Soprano Inva Mula acts and sings Mireille in a manner “totally artificial” like a “kid from ‘Little House on the Prairie'” and with a diction “generally incomprehensible.” Charles Castronovo came off better, receiving praise for his “modest caliber” tenor.
Since the opening was televised in France, much is on YouTube now.


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