Self-taught conductor confidently leads sparkling Paris performance of The Marriage of Figaro
If you feel like taking a fun opera break, you should check out the free, high-definition streaming of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro on medici.tv. The free streaming is available to Dec. 31.
The Nov. 3 performance, from the Bastille opera house, is gorgeously staged (by Giorgio Strehler), beautifully sung, and crisply led by Opéra national de Paris music director Philippe Jordan. (The final performance of this run is tonight, but the production returns with a different conductor and cast next May and June.)
This is three hours of operatic magic.
One of the world's finest young opera conductors, 35-year-old Jordan did not go to school to learn his conducting skills -- he studied in his native Switzerland to become a piano teacher. Granted, his father is a respected conductor, so he had a head start. But, still, he reminds us that, with so much to do with the performing arts, school is only one part of a much bigger practical picture.
Jordan can have a bit of an unusual podium style sometimes -- but it's the results that count. He's pretty funny in this overture to Carmen from Glyndebourne in 2002: