Only the sun was missing yesterday…
As L’Inondation was being rehearsed before its first performance on September 27th, it had been decided that the whole theater would be devoted to the production on Saturday and that Sunday would be dedicated to the Heritage Days event. But as we are used to announce the upcoming season during that event each year, the two overlapped. On Sunday morning, faithful patrons of the Opéra Comique and visitors drawn to the Heritage Days event crossed each other. The result was an unprecedented throng of almost seven thousand people in the theater! Good news for our institution but not so pleasant for those of our subscribers who had already reserved their seats and could not enter the auditorium as expected. We apologize once again for the inconvenience caused to them.
Côté présentation de saison, les futures productions ont été dévoilés dans la matinée salle Favart par Olivier Mantei, directeur de l’Opéra Comique, Jean-Yves Larrouturou président du conseil d’administration et Agnès Terrier, dramaturge de la maison. Un présentation d’une heure et demi durant laquelle les abonnés et visiteurs ont pu échanger sur les productions à venir mais aussi passées avec le trio du plateau. Cerise sur la gâteau, l’intervention de Gaëlle Arquez, qui nous a montré l’étendue de son talent et un aperçu de la formidable Carmen qu’elle interprétera la saison prochaine.
As for the presentation of the new season, the forthcoming productions were unveiled in the morning in the Salle Favart by the director of the Opéra Comique Olivier Mantei, the chairman of the board of directors Yves Larrouturou and our in-house dramaturge Agnès Terrier. The presentation of an hour and a half was an opportunity for subscribers and visitors to exchange information about upcoming productions and previous ones. Last but not least was the intervention of Gaëlle Arquez who showed the scope of her talent and gave us a glimpse of the fantastic Carmen she will be acting this coming season.
As for the Heritage Days event, there were the usual ingredients, including guided tours, make-up workshops, singing classes, and a very fit Maîtrise Populaire of the Opéra Comique. There was also a novelty: a fortune teller that looked like Carmen was pacing the corridors, palm reading the strollers and foretelling the 2020 season productions that best fit their personality.
In short, only the sun was missing yesterday…
Photos of the rehearsals © Stefan Brion - Opéra Comique