The productions of the Opéra Comique performed in 2017 are on tour through France this January. If you missed one of the operas below at Salle Favart, it’s not too late!
Alcione in Caen on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 January 2018
Tragédie lyrique in five acts. Libretto by Antoine Houdar de la Motte. Premiered at the Académie Royale de Musique in 1706.
Alcione, the daughter of Aeolus, king of the winds, seems to be very happy. She is to marry Ceix, king of Trachis, who loves her. But three are against their happiness: Peleus – Ceix’s best friend, who’s in love with Alcione – the wizard of Phorbas, who feels deprived of his right to the throne once occupied by his ancestors – and the magician Ismena. They all decide to hinder the wedding of the two lovers.
Music direction – Jordi Savall
Staging – Louise Moaty
Choreography – Raphaëlle Boitel
Théâtre de Caen : their website
Le Comte Ory in Versailles on Friday 12 and Sunday 14 January 2018
Opera in two acts. Libretto by Eugène Scribe. Premiered at the Opéra de Paris in 1828
At the time of the Crusades, lords departed for the Holy Land, leaving the women defenseless. The sister of the lord of Formoutiers languished in her castle, wooed by a depraved count and a page in love with her. Both strive to approach the beautiful recluse, Ory by disguising himself and Isolier by unveiling his soul. Which of the two will take the lead?
Music direction – Louis Langrée
Staging – Denis Podalydès
Scenery – Eric Ruf
Costumes – Christian Lacroix
Salle de l’Opéra Royal of the Château de Versailles inaugurated in 1770 for the wedding of future King Louis XVI with Marie-Antoinette : their website
Fantasio in Rouen from 26 through 30 January 2018
Opéra comique in three acts. Libretto by Paul de Musset. Premiered at the Opéra Comique in 1872
The student Fantasio dreams of changing his life. The court jester has just died. What if he took his place? But no one loved the dead jester like princess Elsbeth, betrothed by her father to the prince of Mantua in a political union. The young jester will convince the princess to obey her heart. How far will she let herself be seduced?
Music direction – Laurent Campellone
Staging – Thomas Jolly
Opéra de Rouen Normandie Théâtre des Arts: their website
Raconte-moi une histoire d’opéra-comique in Bastia on 27 January 2018
During 50 minutes of music and animated images, young participants and accompanying adults will travel through 300 years of theatrical life of the Opéra Comique, its company, anecdotes, tragedies and hits. They will be invited to sing along during the performance just as in the 18th century.
Conception and music direction – Christophe Grapperon
Conception and staging – Ivan Grinberg
Théâtre municipal de Bastia: their website