The new season will be rich in key celebrations for the Paris Opera celebrations that will take us to the heart of our very identity.
In 1713, Louis XIV, wishing to consolidate the Royal Academy of Music, established a dance school which has ever since perpetuated the tradition of French choreographic style. The Paris Opera Ballet will join together with the Paris Opera Ballet School to commemorate this great anniversary for a series of exceptional evenings.
In 2013, the Opera National de Paris will also be celebrating the bicentenary of two of the great reformers of 19th century opera: Wagner and Verdi. Both had a special if often conflictual relationship with the Paris Opera yet both found there an orchestra of the highest quality and working conditions unparalleled for their times. The situation has not really changed all that much. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Paris Opera continue to be among the best there are and few other theatres can boast of having such workshops for sets and costumes.
In this its tercentennial season, the Paris Opera Ballet will be showing off its eternal youth and creativity, championed so well by Director of Dance Brigitte Lefèvre. Many of the greatest choreographers will be there for the rendezvous: George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Roland Petit, William Forsythe, John Neumeier, Maurice Béjart, Jirí Kylián, Trisha Brown and of course Jerome Robbins.