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The Berlioz Circle

The Cercle Berlioz brings together philanthropists who are passionate about opera and wish to support the Paris National Opera’s lyrical productions .

The Cercle Berlioz is associated with the main events of the opera season at the Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille. Special attention is brought to pieces from the French repertoire, to which the Cercle gives its support: the return of Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas, created at the Paris Opera in 1868 and never shown since, in a new staging by Krzysztof Warlikowski and under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock, with baryton Ludovic Tézier in the title role; and a new production of Romeo and Juliet by Charles Gounod, after more than 35 years away from our stages, signed by Thomas Jolly and starring Benjamin Bernheim and Elsa Dreisig as the main characters.

By joining the Cercle Berlioz, you get the opportunity to see the Paris National Opera behind the scenes and to follow, step by step, the artists’ work and their creative process, through meetings with the soloists, stage directors, musicians and artistic teams as well as visits to the Opera’s sets and costumes workshops, and access to the intimacy of the rehearsals.

This season, the Cercle Berlioz welcomes the French soprano Julie Fuchs as its new godmother.


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The Paris National Opera would like to thank the Cercle Berlioz members for their support:

  • Elizabeth et Robert Carroll
  • Maura Helena Gonzaga
  • William et Françoise Torchiana

  • Philippe et Donatienne Beaufour
  • Tuulikki Janssen
  • Guillaume de Seynes

  • Yves Alexandre
  • Florence et Damien Bachelot
  • Jean-Pierre et Marie-Florence Duprieu
  • Joyce et Philip Kan
  • Chantal Peraudeau-Mazin
  • Christian et Béatrice Schlumberger
  • Thierry Sueur et Béatrice Thomas
  • Claudine Théodore
  • Antoine et Sylvie Winckler

  • Jean-Marie Baillot d’Estivaux
  • Jacques et Katharina Bouhet
  • Charles Foussard
  • Annick Frotiée
  • Elisabeth et Hervé Gambert
  • Olivier et Maryse Gayno
  • Helman et Anne le Pas de Sécheval
  • Marie-Claire Ricard
  • Xavier Richer
  • Eric Rouvroy
  • Laurent Samama et Olivier Borgeaud
  • Philippe Tengelmann

  • Certains donateurs ont souhaité rester anonymes.