The season of the subscriptions is started. The programming for 2019-2020 of the major theaters in paris just announced, music lovers and lovers of lyrical flocked on the Internet sites to make their agenda the outputs. Before serving the new viewers from the 2 April, the Paris Opera has opened bookings for its current subscribers Tuesday afternoon. And they seem to have been convinced by the new season presented by Stéphane Lisssner: in the first twelve hours, 41.690 seats have been sold, either, according to our estimates, a place about twenty available in total.
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“This is a one-day record for us, we had never seen it,” says one to the Opera. In comparison, about 26,000 tickets had been sold on the first day of booking in 2018. The ticket office has therefore recorded an increase of 60% at its opening this year. To the point that some shows, such as the all-too-rare Pirate of Bellini, given two nights only and in concert, were sold out as early as Tuesday evening. “As viewers are assured that we have put on sale that a first quota of places. Other soon to be proposed”, says the management.
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Ransom of the success, the Internet site of the Opera house and the nerves of the spectators were put to the test on Tuesday. You sometimes had to wait for more than two hours before access to the booking platform and cross our fingers that no incident returns the user in the tail of the queue. “Everything is back in order since”, explains the institution who presents his apologies for these inconveniences.
If the Paris Opera guard-forward, for the moment, the explanation of this rush, the creation of a new Tetralogy of Wagner (directed by Calixto Bieito, with Andreas Schager, Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Maria Westbroek…) has likely boosted the appetite of the subscribers. Of the 33 entertainment (12 new, 22 operas, 11 ballets), Les Indes Galantes to Shoot and its distribution in the superlative, La Traviata ascent-once is not custom – Garnier, a new Manon, Prince Igor …
After the Opera, the Philharmonie de Paris has opened its tour bookings. Five years after the inauguration of the flagship designed by Jean Nouvel, the new season presented by Laurent Bayle celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven (with complete piano sonatas, symphonies, quartets…) and the forty years of les Arts Florissants of William Christie. A weekend is devoted to Charlie Chaplin, a composer, another a Pierre Henry or Rita Mitsouko. The Orchestre de Paris, which seeks its new music director, invites no less than 28 different chefs and the most essential musical circuit will stop porte de Pantin.
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Michel Franck, head of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, will officially present its new season on 23 march, with productions lighthouse, Der Freischütz, Robert Devereux, The Marriage of Figaro and The Coronation of Poppea to the opera, and an important programming Beethoven (the TEC had launched a pre-subscription to the concerts of the 250th anniversary this winter). As to the first season of Ruth Mackenzie at the head of the Châtelet, it will have to wait for march 27 to discover it, and on the 29th of march to book.