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Benjamin Bernheim and Julie Fuchs as Romeo and Juliet in Zurich, broadcast on Arte TV

Everything comes to those who wait. This is perhaps what Benjamin Bernheim and Julie Fuchs said before taking on the two main roles in Charles Gounod's Roméo et Juliette - to the libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, who (faithfully) adapted Shakespeare's play. The soprano Julie Fuchs was due to perform her first Juliet in 2021 at the Opéra-Comique before having to abandon it due to contamination with Covid. Benjamin Bernheim should have taken on the...


An interview with Helmut Deutsch, pianist and accompanist

For a long time, accompanists, the artists who provide musical accompaniment to singers during recitals, have remained in the shadows (and in anonymity). For several years (or decades), the main role of these musicians has been more recognised, and recitals are increasingly true duets with the singer. Helmut Deutsch, pianist and musicologist, is one of these internationally respected accompanists. He plays on the most prestigious stages, having notably accompanied the baritone Hermann...


La Damnation de Faust : genesis of a production with Stéphane Lissner

Early this December, the Opéra de Paris will present La Damnation de Faust, by Hector Berlioz, featuring Sophie Koch (in the role of Marguerite), Jonas Kaufmann (playing Faust) and Bryn Terfel (as Mephistopheles), in a new production designed by Alvis Hermanis. A much-anticipated production because of its prestigious casting, of course, but also because it is intended to be emblematic of the work of the newly appointed Stéphane Lissner, officially at the head of the Paris...


Stéphane Lissner recounts La Scala

La Scala is undeniably one of the world’s greatest temples of  opera; each year its season opening (on December 7, Saint Ambrose Day, named for Milan’s patron saint) is a major event for opera fans. Since 2005, when he was appointed the first non-Italian superintendent and artistic director in La Scala’s history, Stéphane Lissner has established himself as one of the architects of the Milan opera house’s international influence.  As we await the...