The Opéra Comique, a house of creation

With over 3000 creations over 300 years of history, the Opéra Comique has never ceased to reinvent itself. In September 2019 two commissions will premiere.

Published on 16 September 2019

Macbeth Underworld, a creation jointly commissioned to Pascal Dusapin by the Théâtre de la Monnaie and the Opéra Comique will have its world premiere on 20 September 2019 in Brussels and be performed for the first time at Salle Favart on 25 March 2020. The staging is entrusted to Thomas Jolly. Pascal Dusapin composed his new opus to a text by Frédéric Boyer. “It’s not about telling one more story but about making more stories with opera. Opera is about saying by singing together what preoccupies us,” said Dusapin.

Simultaneously, on September 27thL’Inondation by Francesco Filideiand Joël Pommeratwill premiere in Paris. At the invitation of the Opéra Comique, Joël Pommerat accepted to confront for the first time the writing of an original libretto and collaborated with Francesco Filidei. In a new process of experimentation and research, the author/director and the composer have worked together since the autumn of 2016 for this operatic creation based on a short story of the same name by Yevgeny Zamyatin (published in the USSR in 1929), resulting in an opera in two acts.

For three centuries, the Opéra Comique has lived to the rhythm of creations stimulated by the junction of dramatic texts and musical exactness. It remains faithful to its duty to foster the creation of repertoire.


From 27 September through 3 October 2019 at the Opéra Comique in Paris

From 15 through 18 January 2020 at the Opéra de Rennes,
From 29 January through 2 February 2020 at Angers Nantes Opéra

Production Opéra Comique

Co-production Angers Nantes Opéra, Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, Opéra de Limoges, Théâtre de Caen

Commission of the Opéra Comique with the writing assistance of the Ministry of Culture

Macbeth Underworld

From 20 September through 5 October 2019 at La Monnaie in Brussels

From 12 through 14 May 2020 at the Opéra de Rouen Normandie

In March 2020 at the Opéra Comique in Paris

Joint commission La Monnaie, Opéra Comique

Co-production La Monnaie, Opéra Comique, Opéra de Rouen Normandie 

With the support of the Fond de la création lyrique


Francesco Filidei

September 27 to October 03, 2019

Opera in two acts based on the novel by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Commission from the Opéra Comique with the Ministère de la Culture's writting assistance. 

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Macbeth Underworld

Pascal Dusapin

March 25 to 31, 2020

All are dead but some are not aware of it. Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banco’s ghost, the child… This dead child is the cornerstone of the guilt haunting the Macbeths. Confined in operatic limbo, they are doomed to relive their past in an outer world that is guarded by nightmarish beings.

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