Jazz fans have a special treat this Friday when jazz singer Patricia Barber appears at the Forum Nice Nord.
A deep voice, mesmerizing climates, rhythms as arose from the bowels of the earth … Like Nina Simone or Shirley Horn, Patricia Barber accompanies herself on the piano. An elegant singer and pianist emeritus, she gained a flattering reputation from her debut album “Distortion of Love” in 1992. An admiration that never ceased for the one nicknamed “a pure sigh that comes from the soul “. Avant-garde creator, she devotes her work to the great repertoire, adorning it with a thousand gospel inspirations, contemporary, classical, but still noticeably jazz. Patricia Barber is one of those very few jazz musicians who combine artistic sophistication and critical recognition.
Brilliant pianist, endowed with a sharp melodic sense, inspired and often biting, Patricia Barber sings with a disturbing voice her own melodies and lyrics, interprets the standards (of Cole Porter) with intelligence, distance, sensuality. A great lady of vocal jazz to discover or rediscover as part of the Nice Jazz Festival Sessions.
The evening, sure to be memorable begins with the Nice Trio featuring Frederic d’Oelsnitz : piano – Jean-Marc Jafet : bass – Alain Asplanato : batterie.
THE NUTCRACKER ; Music by Tchaikovsky ; Choreography by Wright ; Lauren Cuthbertson (as The Sugar Plum Fairy) and Cory Stearns (as The Prince) ; The Royal Ballet ; At the Royal Opera House, London, UK ; 3 December 2013 ; Credit: Tristram Kenton / Royal Opera House / ArenaPAL
Christmas would hardly be Christmas without Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’. My own first experience with this glorious confection took place many years ago at New York’s Lincoln Center. I watched, entranced, as a giant Christmas tree rose from the stage as if by magic and an enchanting girl, hardly older than myself, leaped and pirouetted around the stage with an assortment of exotic characters. The Sugarplum Fairy! Drosselmayer! Dancing mice! Toy soldiers! I resolved then and there to be a ballerina.
Well that never happened. What did happen was a lifelong love of ballet which I can now indulge with the Royal Ballet’s live transmissions direct into movie theatres. This past September saw the first-rate production of Sleeping Beauty beamed to Beaulieu-sur-Mer. And tomorrow, September 16, we’ll be treated to the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker. This acclaimed production directed by Peter Wright stars Francesca Hayward as Clara and Alexander Campbell as the Nutcracker Prince while Lauren Cuthbertson dances the Sugarplum Fairy and Gary Avis portrays the devilish Drosselmayer.
For those unfamiliar with live transmissions, these direct-from-the-opera-house broadcasts bring all the freshness and immediacy of actual attendance at the show but on a big screen near you. On the Riviera, you can watch at Le Cinema de Beaulieu or at the Cinema d’Alma in Sophia Antipolis. The latter venue offers free admission to grade-school kids accompanied by an adult. You can find the season’s schedule for Royal Opera House ballets and operas here.
For inspiration, check out this video of the dancers rehearsing for this production:
Culture vultures who want to experience the very best operas and ballets can now satisfy their tastes close to home. You don’t have to fly to London to enjoy the Royal Opera House season! Just head to Le Cinema de Beaulieu in Beaulieu-sur-Mer where selected operas and ballets are broadcast live and direct from the Royal Opera House.
This coming Tuesday, September 22 Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet is on the program. ¨Prokofiev’s score will be conducted by Koen Kessels and the doomed lovers will be danced by Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae. Here is a preview to whet your appetite:
The ballet will also be broadcast at the Cinema d’Alma in Sophia Antipolis. You can find the season’s schedule for Royal Opera House ballets and operas here.
Note that tickets are available for purchase only at the cinema.