Magic and illusion are the key words in this production of Le Timbre d’argent by Camille Saint-Saëns. Under twirling mirror balls and amid luxurious draperies, dream unfolds, not reality. Fiammetta opens ever more spellbinding – almost shamanic – dances, depriving Conrad of his riches but also of his essence. For her, he wasted the money accumulated at the cost of the lives of loved ones by ringing his silver bell. For her, he lost the grip he had on himself. He’s lost. Being prisoner of this destructive passion, only Hélène’s true love will succeed in saving him.
Le Timbre d’argent from 9 through 19 June at the Opéra Comique
Music direction François-Xavier Roth
Staging Guillaume Vincent
With Raphaëlle Delaunay, Hélène Guilmette, Jodie Devos, Tassis Christoyannis, Edgaras Montvidas, Yu Shao
Orchestra Les Siècles
[Photos de la générale piano du Timbre d'argent de Camille Saint-Saëns - 1er Juin 2017 © Pierre-Guilhem Coste]