The Paris Opera (L'Opéra) (2017)

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Autumn 2015. At the Paris Opera, Stéphane Lissner is putting the finishing touches to his first press conference as director. Backstage, artists and crew prepare to raise the curtain on a new season withSchönberg's Moses and Aaron. But the announcement of a strike and arrival of a bull in a supporting rolecomplicate matters. At the same time, a promising young Russian singer begins at the Opera's Academy. In the hallways of Opera Bastille, his destiny will cross paths with that of Bryn Terfel, one of the greatest voices of his time. As the season progresses, more and more characters appear, playing out the human comedy in the manner of a documentary Opera. But this comedy is set against a tragic backdrop when terrorist attacks plunge Paris into mourning. Even though the show must go on at all costs, there is no end of trouble for the new director. Star choreographer Benjamin Millepied jumps ship soon after taking over as director of ballet at Palais Garnier. Preparations for Richard Wagner's six-hour opera Die Meistersinger reunite the company.

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Clearly, [Stephane] Bron is more interested in the work that goes into creating what happens on stage rather than the performances themselves, and the film thankfully never turns into a very highbrow concert film.

Dec 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Swiss director Jean-Stéphane Bron recalls Frederick Wiseman in subject and verite style with this involving chronicle of the Paris Opera's 2015-'16 season

Nov 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Bron's film is an impressionistic immersion into a complex organization of hundreds of dedicated, talented people, for whom, whatever happens, the show must go on.

Nov 2, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Although the action of the film is chronological, Bron hops around from place to place - boardroom, dressing room, practice room - and from subject to subject, so quickly that, without guidance, it's nearly impossible to place anything in context.

Oct 26, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"The Paris Opera" has plenty of interesting moments, and certainly it's a must for opera fans, despite its faults.

Oct 26, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Covering an eventful artistic season, Jean-Stéphane Bron's "The Paris Opera" is a well-observed vérité portrait of a major cultural institution.

Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…

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