This spring, Thomas Hampson makes his highly anticipated debut in the title role of Chausson’s rarely staged masterwork Le roi Arthus with the Opéra National de Paris. This dramatic piece regales the ever-popular medieval stories of King Arthur, Lancelot, Guinevere and the knights of the Round Table. Graham Vick directs this new production, with sets and costumes by Paul Brown. Philippe Jordan leads the Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus, with a star-studded cast including Sophie Koch as Genièvre and Roberto Alagna as Lancelot.

These not-to-be-missed performances take place May 16, 19, 22, 25 & 28 and June 2, 5, 8, 11 & 14 at the Opéra Bastille, and will receive several radio and television broadcasts in the future, on Culturebox (live on June 2) and France Musique.

Image: (c) Andrea Messana / Opéra National de Paris

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