Eclectic and “outside the walls”, the Bordeaux Opera presents its 2022-2023 season

“Maintaining Excellence” during the development of “outside the walls” and expands its audience. These are Emmanuel Hondré’s priorities for his first season at the helm of the Bordeaux Opera, the outlines of which were presented in detail to journalists on Wednesday. “The opera does not stop at the buildings”highlighted the former director of the concerts and shows department of the Philharmonie de Paris, who officially took over the reins of the Bordeaux institution in January: “It is undoubtedly a legacy of the Covid-19 pandemic, during which a lot of our productions have been broadcast outside. So next season a quarter or even a third of our activities will take place outside the walls.

A total of 240 curtain calls, twenty more than in previous seasons. 73 shows will be decentralized compared to the usual fifty. With one less ballet and one opera in Bordeaux due to work at the Grand-Théâtre, which is closed from July to October.

An orientation supported by the Municipality of Bordeaux and its new eco-conscious majority, which, after deliberation, decided not to cut the budget allocated to the establishment. Harmonie Lecerf, Assistant to the City Hall and Vice-President of the Opera, speaks in this sense of“Civic Opera” : “We have learned to love this house passionately. It’s about preserving artistic excellence and opening up further, moving towards a more cosmopolitan civic opera.”. Illustration with hands-on opera, big premiere in Bordeaux: the audience is invited to sing along at certain times A Cenerentola (Cinderella) by Rossini.

Relaxation concerts, baby shows, youth rates…

The institution Place de la Comédie thus clearly shows its ambition to reach a wider audience. First with three so-called “relaxation concerts”: including sessions where the audience is asked to behave as they see fit, without fear of judgement, with a desire to include audiences with disabilities (mental retardation, autism, Alzheimer’s disease). .) For the first time, concerts and shows for babies and toddlers (from 3 months to 3 years) are also offered, which are specially tailored to this occasion. More than 80 musical awakening and practice workshops will be organized for families, led by the Orchester National de Bordeaux, and a “young” rate of 10 euros per seat will be introduced.

As for the lyrical productions, the great classics will be there. Three new productions: Madam Butterfly by Puccini, with soprano Karah Son in the role of Cio-Cio San, The favourite by Donizetti (in the 1840 French version, directed by rising star Valentina Carrasco) and A Cenerentola by Rossini (where the audience can have their say). For the symphonic season and recitals we find Benjamin Bernheim in the Fantastic symphonyMarie-Nicole Lemieux, Spanish chef Josep Pons as part of Brahms projector even Lucie Leguay at the baton Westside Story. “A third of the chefs this season will also be women”emphasizes Emmanuel Hondré.

As for the dance Don Quixote comes into the repertoire, to the choreography of Ludwig Minkus. The audience can also discover the long-awaited ballet mythologieswhose music was composed by Thomas Bangalter: ex-member of the famous French electronic music duo daft punkwho announced their split in February 2021. The dancers from mythologies – Members of the Ballet Preljocaj and the Ballet of the National Opera of Bordeaux – will perform on more than 35 dates in France but also in Italy from September. “This is the largest national and international tour our company has ever done!”, enthuses Éric Quilleré, dance director of the ONB. Classics, eclecticism and openness: the Hondré era begins with promises that are tantalizing to say the least. Opening of the box office on June 28th.

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