At the invitation of the Opéra Comique, Joël Pommerat wrote an original opera libretto for the first time and chose a subject from a novel by Yevgeny Zamyatin published in 1929. The “stage writer” had to share the development of the speech and timing of the production with composer Francesco Filidei (this being the latter’s second opera). Their close collaboration, this composition for the stage, together with the instrumentalists and vocalists, gave birth to a new eloquence expressing the density of an inner life.
The score of sounds, images and silence is staged by Joël Pommerat and performed by intense and haunted vocalists/actors conducted by Emilio Pomarico.
From 27 September to 3 October 2019
Music direction, Emilio Pomarico
Staging, Joël Pommerat
With Chloé Briot, Boris Grappe, Norma Nahoun, Cypriane Gardin, Enguerrand de Hys, Yael Raanan-Vandor, Guilhem Terrail, Vincent Le Texier and children of la Maîtrise Populaire de l’Opéra Comique
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
New production Opéra Comique
Co-production Angers Nantes Opéra, Opéra de Rennes, Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de Caen, Opéra de Limoges
Photos of rehearsals © Stefan Brion - Opéra Comique