12th Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane Paris

A Bizet Gala

Symphonic Music Auditorium de Radio France
© Marco Borggreve
Georges Bizet composed his Symphony in C major in 1855 when he was seventeen years old, but it was not heard in public until 80 years later, on 26 February 1935, thanks to the research carried out by Douglas Charles Parker. This orchestral gem, written in the tradition of Charles Gounod’s Symphony no. 1 in D, serves as the centrepiece of this gala, which brings Bizet face to face with his contemporaries – Ambroise Thomas, with the overture to Mignon (1866), Giuseppe Verdi, with excerpts from Don Carlos (1867) – while also featuring arias and a duet from Les PĂȘcheurs de perles (1863), an opera in which the Parisian composer displays wonderfully refined orchestration and an innate melodic charm. An opportunity to see that music during the Second French Empire was not limited to opĂ©rette.


Wed 2 July 2025
Auditorium Radio France, Paris


Bertrand de Billy conductor
John Osborn tenor
Alexandre Duhamel baritone


Ambroise THOMAS
Mignon: Overture

Georges BIZET
Les PĂȘcheurs de perles: Arias and a duet

Giuseppe VERDI
Don Carlos: Arias and a duet

Georges BIZET
Symphony in C
Production Radio France
In collaboration with the Palazzetto Bru Zane

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