La Princesse légère by Violeta Cruz
Opera in two acts composed by Violeta Cruz to a libretto by Gilles Rico after the tale by George MacDonald. World premiere on 13 December 2017 at the Opéra de Lille
Once upon the time there was a princess, a long desired single child, cursed on birth by a witch to be endowed with absolute lightness: physical lightness that prevented her from touching the ground, mental lightness that made her laugh at everything. The king and the queen wondered what could be done with a daughter who could not grasp the gravity of things. Luckily, the princess was adventurous…
Written for children and those with a childlike soul, George MacDonald’s tales enchanted J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll. The Light Princess calls to mind, with humor and poetry, the way children confront the gravity of the adults’ world and how parents learn to recognize the uniqueness of each child. Violeta Cruz, Jos Houben and Emily Wilson devised a score and an entertainment arising from the sonorous outbursts of life in which electronics meets chanson, concrete sounds and the sound palette of opera.
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Concert recorded on 9 March 2018 at the Opéra Comique
Composed by Violeta Cruz
Music direction by Jean Deroyer
Staged by Jos Houben and Emily Wilson
With Jeanne Crousaud, Majdouline Zerari, Jean-Jacques L’Anthoën, Nicholas Merrywheather, Kate Colebrook, Guy-Loup Boisneau