Watch: Paris Opéra in costly ‘oh’ simulation

Watch: Paris Opéra in costly ‘oh’ simulation


norman lebrecht

September 19, 2015

Stéphane Lissner has commissioned three high-style, high-cost films to raise the profile of the Bastille.

All involve some element of sexual suggestion.

The films were released this week.


See what you think of this.

More here.


  • John Purbeck says:

    Dreadful: how could they stoop so low?

  • Theodore McGuiver says:

    Good to see the mainstream repertoire expert Lissner spending taxpayers’ money well after having Nicolas Joel’s team paid off six months early to the tune of €3,000,000. That’s the way to run a high-profile public institution.

    • Frankster says:

      Moses und Aron, opening in a few weeks, is mainstream?

      • Mathieu says:

        I guess Theodore was being ironical… (Lissner ridiculed himself on French TV when he turned out to be unable to recognize the origin of excerpts taken from “mainstream operatic repertoire”).

  • Justinian Forthemoney says:

    Good accompaniment by Simon Rattle at 14′ 42″.

  • Brian says:

    Only in France…

  • Frankster says:

    This is a facts-free zone? They are almost all wrong. Has nobody heard of Barbara Hannigan? Shame.

  • Marc-Antoine Hamet says:

    In today Le Monde (Paris newspaper), an article describes the Paris Opera’s digital platform, La 3ième Scène, of which this short film is only one example.

    Norman: it is reported that half of the 2 million€ operating budget for La 3ième Scène, comes from private sponsors.

    Look at this website:

    “La 3e Scène, espace numérique dédié à la création, mis en place par l’Opéra national de Paris, a ouvert mardi 15 septembre. Déjà en ligne, une vingtaine de petits films, signés par le gratin de la création contemporaine comme le plasticien Xavier Veilhan ou le cinéaste Mathieu Amalric, sont visibles. Cette plateforme au budget annoncé de deux millions d’euros, dont 50 % proviendraient du mécénat – l’un des partenaires, Van Cleef & Arpels, apparaît ainsi en première page sur le site –, est gratuite.”