Paris ballerinas dance Swan Lake in public protest at pension reforms

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Paris Opera dancers, who have a bespoke pension plan dating back to the 17th century, gave an impromptu public performance of Swan Lake on the forecourt of the Palais Garnier in central Paris, with the backing of the Paris Symphony Orchestra, in a protest at President Emmanuel Macron's plan to introduce a universal pension scheme.

Paris Opera star dancer Aurélie Dupont to take final bow

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The principal ballerina, 42, makes her final appearance in a starring role in May, in a performance to be broadcast live in cinemas across Europe.

Visionary opera director Gérard Mortier dies at 70

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The Belgian opera company leader, who managed some of the world's greatest houses including the Paris Opera, was suffering from cancer.