March 2011 Paris Events

March 2011 Paris Events

Louvre at nightSpring 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

Palais Garnier

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.

Opéra Bastille

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

The Louvre

Tony Cragg – Figure Out, Figure In, through April 25th

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, through April 25th

Musée d’Orsay

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

Grand Palais

Très Toucher, through March 13th

Art Paris, Just Art, opens March 31st

Musée du Luxembourg

Cranach, In his Time, through May 23rd

Musée de l’Armée

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

Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme

Chagall et la Bible, opens March 2nd through June 5th

Château de Versailles

Science and the Curiosities at the Court of Versailles, through April 3rd

Musée du Quai Branly

Le Fabrique des Images, through July 17th

L’Orient des Femmes, a Vision by Christian Lacroix, through May 15th

Centre Georges Pompidou

Un Nouveau Festival, through March 7th

Mondrian, through March 21st

Play it Yourself, through March 23rd

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

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

Musée Jacquemardt André

Dans l’Intimité des Frères Caillebotte, opens March 25th through July 11th

La Maison Rouge

Tous Cannibales,through May 15th

Chiharu Shiota, Home of Memory, through May 15th

La Maison Européenne de la Photographie

Henri Huet: Vietnam, opens February 9th through April 3rd

Musée Maillol

Miró Sculpteur, opens March 16th through July 31st

Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle

Parcours à la Ménagerie, through December 31st

Dans l’Ombre des Dinosaures, through June 13th

In the Wake of Sharks, through May 8th

Foundation Cartier

Moebius-Transe-Forme, through March 13th

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Inci Eviner, through April 3rd

Apartès, through May 7th

Musée des Arts et Metiers

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

23   Jamiroquai

29    Justin Bieber

Salle Pleyel

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

21,22   Yodelice

24 – 27   Enrico Macias

29   Syd Matters

30 – April 1   Joe Dassin

La Maroquinerie

1   Cloud Control

2   Kana

3   System Solar

4   Fran Healy

5   Bruno Mars

9   Susheela Raman

10   Watcha Clan vs Speed Caravan

11   Elista

18   Lissie

19   Natas Loves You

22   The Chariot + My Children My Bride

23   Severin

24   BB Brunes

25   Show Chet

28   Arbouretum

Le Zénith

7, 8   Katy Perry

10   Ne-Yo

13   Fally Ipupa

15   Interpol

17   Taylor Swift

18   Danakil

25   Carmina Burana

26   Megadeth & Slayer

31   James Blunt


1   Sexion d’Assaut

15   Litfiba

16   Sonata Artica

30   Paradise Lost

31   Afrique en Scene

La Cigale

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

Paris Half Marathon

6 Come on out and cheer on the 30,000+ runners who will take to the streets on this spectacular day. Allez!!


European Athletic Championships

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!


Six Nations Championship

19 France takes on Wales at the Stade de France


Paris Spring Hike

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.


Art Paris at the Grand Palais

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.


Salon du Livre

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.


Printemps du Cinema

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.


Martial Arts Festival

26 A chance to explore every form of martial arts is yours at this international event.


Royal Opera House of Versailles

27 Concert with soprano Natalie Dessay and baritone Laurent Naouri


American Library in Paris

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


Village Voice Bookshop

10 Maxine Kong Kingston reads from her memoir, I Love a Broad Margin to my Life

29 Hughes de Montalembert discusses his memoir, Invisible


Shakespeare and Company

3 Peter Carey reads from him novel, Parrot and Olivier in America


Lisa Buros-Hutchins

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