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Tannhäuser Wagner

In the intimate setting of Monte-Carlo’s Salle Garnier, the audience’s engagement with this new production of Tannhäuser was enhanced by the first outing in modern times of the 1861 French version of the text. Wagner’s scrummage with the Parisians is well known, but to hear this work sung in French is revealing

OPÉRA DE MONTE-CARLO

France

Music ****

Staging ****

Pleasure principle: José Cura as Tannhäuser and Aude Extrémo as Venus
Photography by Alain Hanel
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