This classical superstar, just named as the Paris Opera’s next music director, isn’t the first maestro to jump to the theater.
In a coup, the venerable company has hired as its next music director the rare classical artist to have crossed into pop-culture celebrity.
The singers, dancers and musicians played on, serenading their phones, pirouetting in masks and performing, faceless, on the radio.
There’s no applause for these performers, but they’re working to be ready for live audiences when they return.
The production, which examines the work’s colonial legacy, opened after the far right accused the Paris Opera of “antiracism gone mad.”
Politicians and prominent intellectuals say social theories from the United States on race, gender and post-colonialism are a threat to French identity and the French republic.
After warring with powerful unions in Paris, Stéphane Lissner has moved to Naples to run the Teatro di San Carlo.
Alexander Neef has taken on one of the most prestigious jobs in culture amid a pandemic, labor strikes and internal unrest.