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Paris-we're going! do we see Mariage de Figaro

Jul 26th, 2007, 06:34 PM
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Paris-we're going! do we see Mariage de Figaro

We're going to Paris mid November for 10 days. I know it will be cold and rainy but who cares; it's Paris. Now, trying to book some evening events. I see Mariage de Figaro is at SALLE RICHELIEU. What do you think? I love Opera (Tosca, Madame B. Traviata). do you think this looks good? any other suggestions? thanks so much.
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Jul 26th, 2007, 06:47 PM
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It's not the opera by Mozart; it's the play by Pierre Beaumarchais, performed in French (of course) by the Comedie Francaise.
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Jul 26th, 2007, 06:49 PM
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It's a light opera, I saw it at Metropolitan Opera. I think it would be a lively evening. Why not? NOt like you're burning daylight in Nov, right? For dinner or drinks after, maybe find out if things are open late at that time of year.
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Jul 27th, 2007, 03:26 AM
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thanks very much!
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Jul 27th, 2007, 03:47 AM
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Yes things are open late in November (and December, January, February, March....)
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Jul 27th, 2007, 05:58 AM
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<<It's a light opera, I saw it at Metropolitan Opera>>

No, it's not a light opera. As zerlina pointed out, it's a play (on which Mozart's opera "La Nozze di Figaro" was based).

If you understand French and want to see a classic done by the renowned Comédie Française, then this is for you. But don't expect an opera.
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Jul 27th, 2007, 08:13 AM
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You really need to understand rapid-fire French to enjoy the Comedie Francaise. Instead I would choose a concert at Le Théâtre des Champs-Élysées which was just featured in a French movie called "Avenue Montaigne", a very entertaining story of a young woman from the provinces who works as a waitress in a restaurant next to the theater and how her life and the lives of a pianist, a famous actress and a great art collector collide together on the ritzy Avenue Montaigne. The restaurant has been mentioned on this site, itís called Bar de Théâtre. I've been there several times and it's an old-fashioned local neighborhood place with nary a tourist in sight. A great evening would be a concert, dinner (before or after) and a nightcap at the Plaza Athénée. Another treat would be a concert at the Salle Pleyel which has been recently renovated and the acoustics are supposed to be phenomenal.
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Jul 27th, 2007, 05:57 PM
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thank you. I don't think the play is for me. I'm glad I asked the experts before buying the tickets. sfarah, your suggestions sound great. I'll research and see what I can find. I also saw Casse-Noisette is at OPÉRA BASTILLE if anyone has any comments on this.
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Jul 27th, 2007, 07:10 PM
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What did you want to know about Casse-Noisette?
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Jul 27th, 2007, 08:40 PM
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It's the Nutcracker. If you're looking for opera, there's Handel's Alcina at Opera Garnier.
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Jul 28th, 2007, 07:46 AM
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<<If you're looking for opera, there's Handel's Alcina at Opera Garnier.>>

Tuni01: If your tastes in opera run to Puccini and Verdi as you indicated, you might find Handel's Alcina a bit of a bore. As much as I love opera, and indeed Handel, personally I would likely give a performance of a Handel opera a miss.
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