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Spring is in the air and March is a fabulous time to stroll Parisian parks and enjoy the flowers starting to shoot up. There are some fantastic events this month in Paris, ranging from Bieber Fever (I know this because I have received a number of ticket requests), Taylor Swift at Le Zénith, the Paris half-marathon, as well as the return of Bruno Mantovani’s next work at the Bastille Opera. J’adore Paris!!
Opera, Ballet and Theatre Performance
Coppélia, Choreographer Patrice Bart, March 17th – 30th
A ballet in two acts, this ballet has remained the repertoire of the Opéra Garnier since its introduction in 1870.
Kátia Kabanová, Conductor Tomas Netopil, March 8th through April 5th
Considered to be Jánecek’s masterpiece, this opera tells the story of a woman’s despair after deceiving her husband.
Siegfried, Conductor Philippe Jordan, March 1st – 30th
The third of four operas comprising “The Ring of the Nibelung”, by Richard Wagner.
Luisa Miller, Conductor Daniel Oren, March 7th through April 1st
Krassimira Stoyanova makes her Paris Opéra debut in this Verdi classic opera in three acts.
Akhmatova, Conductor Pascal Rophé, March 28th through April 13th
Considered to be one of the most brilliant composers of our time, 36-year-old Bruno Mantovani brings his next incredible work to the Paris stage after making his debut at the Paris Opéra in 2009.
Le Nozze di Figaro – Conductor Philippe Jordan (A) and Dan Ettinger (B), through June 11th 2011
An opéra buffa in four acts, this is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at his best.
Opera – Royal Opera House of Versailles
Purcell: King Arthur, Conductor: Hervé Niquet, March 2nd – 6th
First performed in 1690, this is a long-standing favourite of opera lovers far and wide. A production of the Opéra National de Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon
Purcell: Dido and Aenas, Conductor Sebastien d’Hérin, March 18th – 20th
A tragic opera in three acts considered to be one of Purcell’s finest. A production of the Théatre Musical de Besançon
Ballet – Château de Versailles
Giselle, Choreographer Mats Ek, March 30th & 31st
First performed at the Opéra Garnier in 1841, this ballet will grace the stage of the Royal Ballet, Opera House of Versailles
Art Exhibitions in March
Tony Cragg – Figure Out, Figure In, through April 25th
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, through April 25th
A Balland of Love and Death: Pre-Raphaelite Photography in Great Britain, 1848-1875, opens March 8th through May 29th
Gustave Mahler, opens March 8th through May 29th
Très Toucher, through March 13th
Art Paris, Just Art, opens March 31st
Cranach, In his Time, through May 23rd
Armour of the Princes of Europe, opens March 16th through June 25th
Petit Palais -Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris
Everdingen, through March 27th
Chagall et la Bible, opens March 2nd through June 5th
Science and the Curiosities at the Court of Versailles, through April 3rd
Le Fabrique des Images, through July 17th
L’Orient des Femmes, a Vision by Christian Lacroix, through May 15th
Un Nouveau Festival, through March 7th
Mondrian, through March 21st
Play it Yourself, through March 23rd
Les Années 1990-2000 History of Contemporary Fashion, through May 8th
Michal Batory, artisan de l’affiche, through April 30th
Vilac, 100 Years of Wooden Toys, through May 8th
Animal, through November 30th
Dans l’Intimité des Frères Caillebotte, opens March 25th through July 11th
Tous Cannibales,through May 15th
Chiharu Shiota, Home of Memory, through May 15th
Henri Huet: Vietnam, opens February 9th through April 3rd
Miró Sculpteur, opens March 16th through July 31st
Parcours à la Ménagerie, through December 31st
Dans l’Ombre des Dinosaures, through June 13th
In the Wake of Sharks, through May 8th
Moebius-Transe-Forme, through March 13th
Inci Eviner, through April 3rd
Apartès, through May 7th
MuseoGames, A History to be Replayed, through March 13th
Nobel de Chimie, Photographs of Peter Badge, through March 27th
Australian Embassy / 4, rue Jean Rois, Paris 15th
Dennis Nona, Entre Ciel, Terre et Mer, ou le Mythe Revisité, through May 20th
Music Venues – Highlights of March
15 Kylie Minogue
29 Justin Bieber
1 Orchestre de Paris – Omer Meir Wellber – Daniel Barenboim
3 Stephen Kovacevich
4 Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France – Myung-Whun Chung – Alexandre Baty
5 Budapest Festival Orchestra – Iván Fischer – Petra Lang
6 Anacréon, Pygmalion – Les Arts Florissants – William Christie
9 Orchestre de Paris – Prélude au concert
Académie de l’Orchestre de Paris – Conservatoire de Paris CNSM
9, 10 Orchestre de Paris – Paavo Järvi – Gidon Kremer
11 Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France – Heras-Casado – Buchbinder – Oelze
12 Orchestre National d’Île-de-France – Yoel Levi – Anna Vinnitskaya
13 Orchestre de Paris – Philippe Aïche – Richard Mc Nicol
13 Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin – Marek Janowski – Nikolaï Lugansky
14 Murray Perahia
15 Orchestre National de Lille – Jean-Claude Casadesus – Anne Schwanewilms
16, 17 Orchestre de Paris – Paavo Järvi – Rafal Blechacz
18 Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France – Xian Zhang – Midori
19, 20 Solistes des Berliner Philharmoniker – Yuja Wang
21 Lang Lang
23 Orchestre de Paris – Christoph Eschenbach – Emanuel Ax
24 Orchestre de Paris – Christoph Eschenbach – Lang Lang
25 Mythes, contes et légendes de la musique française
25 Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France – Christian Vasquez – Frank Peter Zimmermann
26 Mythes, contes et légendes de la musique française
26, 28 London Symphony Orchestra – Valery Gergiev
27 London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus – Valery Gergiev – Anna Larsson
29 Roberto Alagna – Lang Lang
Carte blanche Lang Lang
30 Orchestre de Paris – Prélude au concert
Académie de l’Orchestre de Paris – Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris
31 Orchestre de Paris – Eschenbach – Theorin – Vermillion – Lehman – Ray Albert
1 – 4 Veronique Sanson
5 – 13 Bernard Lavilliers
15 The Black Keys
16 Barbara Hendricks
18, 19 Autour de la Guitare de Jean-Felix Lalanne
24 – 27 Enrico Macias
29 Syd Matters
30 – April 1 Joe Dassin
1 Cloud Control
3 System Solar
4 Fran Healy
5 Bruno Mars
9 Susheela Raman
10 Watcha Clan vs Speed Caravan
19 Natas Loves You
22 The Chariot + My Children My Bride
24 BB Brunes
25 Show Chet
7, 8 Katy Perry
13 Fally Ipupa
17 Taylor Swift
25 Carmina Burana
26 Megadeth & Slayer
31 James Blunt
1 Sexion d’Assaut
16 Sonata Artica
30 Paradise Lost
31 Afrique en Scene
2 Erik Truffaz Quartet
4 Boubacar Traore
5 Bruno Mars
10 The Bewitched Hands
11 Sly Johnson & Guest
12 Lucienne Fait sa Vamp
14 Beppe Grillo
15 Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal
16 KT Tunstall
17 No One is Innocent
18 Kim Wilde
19 Une Soirée avec Cake
21 Aloe Blacc
22 White Lies
25 Florent Marchet
28 Michel Fugain
31 Herocorp & Ligue Majeure
Jazz Concert – Grand Foyer du Châtelet
4 Petronel Malan, Duo Tirabosco-Fedorov, Sona Shaboyan
5 Musique Antiqua Provence
Paris Events in March
6 Come on out and cheer on the 30,000+ runners who will take to the streets on this spectacular day. Allez!!
4 – 6 700 of the world’s finest athletes from over 50 countries compete to be the best.
St. Patrick’s Day
17 Don’t forget to wear your green!
19 France takes on Wales at the Stade de France
20 Bring the whole family and enjoy the hike, starting off at 8:30am.
Poet’s Springtime / Les Printemps des Poètes
7 – 21 Juliette Binoche is the sponsor of this year’s event, which includes hundreds, if not thousands, of events taking place in the streets, cafés, schools and museums of Paris.
31 – April 3rd This event includes more than 120 galleries from 17 different countries, to be enjoyed by almost 50,000 people when all is said and done.
18 – 21 See authors, buy books, talk with other voracious readers all celebrating the power of a book.
World Cup Gymnastics
19 – 20 The greatest gymnasts in the world are headed to Bercy to compete in the World Cup.
20 – 22 If you’re in Paris during this time you can consider taking a break at the cinema and enjoy a movie for €3.50.
26 A chance to explore every form of martial arts is yours at this international event.
27 Concert with soprano Natalie Dessay and baritone Laurent Naouri
1 Risking Life and Liberty: an illustrated talk by Jane Weissman
2 Evenings with an Author: Tilar J. Mazzeo discusses two very famous women in history: Coco Chanel and La Veuve Cliquot
16 Evenings with an Author: Laura Furman discusses her new collection, The Mother Who Stayed
30 Evenings with an Author: Patrick Weil
10 Maxine Kong Kingston reads from her memoir, I Love a Broad Margin to my Life
29 Hughes de Montalembert discusses his memoir, Invisible
3 Peter Carey reads from him novel, Parrot and Olivier in America
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