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Outgoing choreographer Benjamin Millepied (right), director of the Paris Opera Stephane Lissner (left) and former French ballet dancer Aurelie Dupont at a photocall in Paris on Feb 4. Mr Lissner said former principal ballerina Dupont, who announced her retirement last spring, would replace Mr Millepied.

Former dance director opens up on leaving Paris Opera Ballet

Feb 12, 2016 5:50 AM

"NO questions?" Stephane Lissner, the general director of the Paris Opera, asked the 200 or so journalists assembled on Wednesday for the announcement of the Opera's 2016-17 season. There was the briefest pause. "Well, thank you," he said, leaving the podium immediately with the music director,