Paris Opéra étoile Aurélie Dupont gave her farewell performance at the Palais Garnier on 18 May, dancing the title role in Kenneth MacMillan's Manon. Originally her Des Grieux was to be Hervé Moreau but, as he was unable to perform due to an injury, the Italian star, Roberto Bolle, replaced him. The performance was shown live in cinemas and will also be broadcast on Culturebox and France 3 on 30 May. The étoile joined the company in 1989, aged 16, and was promoted to étoile after her performance in Nureyev's Don Quixote on 31 December 1998.
Pictured - Aurélie Dupont following her farewell performance as Manon. Foto: Emma Kauldhar