Editorial by Marc Minkowski

Editorial by Marc Minkowski, General Director of the Opéra National de Bordeaux

Following some dark times for the world of performing arts, I wish to express our immense joy at being able to welcome you back. At this time, my thoughts are naturally with all the artists, technicians and administrative staff who have rallied together, via our screens, to stay in touch with our audiences since March.

A special mention also goes out to our audiences; many of whom chose not to claim for a refund, but to transform their tickets into donations. This gesture demonstrates their attachment to our fine establishment and will enable us to face the future with peace of mind. My sincerest thanks to you.

Now let’s look to the future and applaud the curtain-ups to come!

"Libiamo, libiamo ne' lieti calici..."!

This festive toast opens the plot of Verdi’s La Traviata...and the new season of the Opéra National de Bordeaux, which will close with Bizet’s masterpiece, Carmen. These are two of the world's most popular operas. My wish was to entrust Paul Daniel with the baton for this inaugural Traviata and for Falstaff, that most English of Verdi’s works. This is Paul Daniel’s final season as Musical Director of the ONBA, but he will return regularly as our guest in the future.

Pene Pati will also pay tribute to the composer during his recital. These events compose our first theme of the season: "Viva Verdi"!

We will, of course, also be celebrating Beethoven’s anniversary! The ONBA will perform Symphonies n° 3 and 7, in addition to Christ on the Mount of Olives at the end of the season. In a spirit of passing down, I am delighted to be personally directing the famous 9th with the PESMD student-musicians from the Conservatoire de Bordeaux and the JAVA choir.

The third theme of the season is the masterpieces of the 20th century which have become major classics of musical and choreographic literature. Performances will include the famous Pelléas et Mélisande by Debussy (the first ‘in-house’ revival since my arrival in Bordeaux, with Pierre Dumoussaud conducting), Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony, Rachmaninov’s 3rd Symphony, the Concerto d'Aranjuez by Rodrigo, Bernstein’s Fancy Free, or the ballets In the Night and Le Concert by Jerome Robbins.

A host of other talents will enrich the season. A special mention goes to three key figures in theatre: Jean-François Sivadier, with whom I will be working alongside for the first time for Carmen (a production with a double cast to showcase young singers); Olivier Py, who will play the Marquise in Pierre-André Weitz’s modernised version of Vlan dans l'œil, and Laurent Pelly, who will be directing the well-known Falstaff. We are also delighted to welcome the stars Anna Netrebko, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Diana Damrau, Angela Gheorghiu and Raphaël Pichon, who is pursuing his residency and will be creating a lyrical performance around Rameau.

And not forgetting the must-see festivals Ciné-Notes and L'Esprit du piano, as well as a vast and appealing season devoted to young audiences.

Paul Daniel and the musicians of the ONBA, Eric Quilleré and the dancers of the Ballet of the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Salvatore Caputo and the artists of the Choir, Olivier Lombardie, General Manager, and all the technical and administrative staff of the Opera join me in wishing you

an excellent 2020-2021 season!
We look forward to seeing you very soon...

Marc Minkowski, General Director of the Opéra National de Bordeaux