Production for rent: La Dame Blanche

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Composer: François-Adrien Boieldieu

Libretto: Eugène Scribe after Walter Scott


Category: Opéra-comique in three acts

Language: French

Running times: 2h40 (including intermission)

Premiered: 1825, Opéra-Comique

New production: 20 March 2020, Opéra-Comique

La Dame blanche © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Stage director: Pauline Bureau • Set designer: Emmanuelle Roy • Costume designer: Alice Touvet • Lighting designer: Jean-Luc Chanonat • Video: Nathalie Cabrol • Magician: Benoît Dattez • Dramaturgy: Benoîte Bureau • Artistic collaborator to stage director: Valérie Nègre

Chrysoline Dupont

Director of Artistic Coordination, Production and Development

In a few words

1759 - a Scottish village, far from continental wars, a derelict castle haunted by a ghost, loyal but gullible peasants, a courageous orphan girl, an amnesiac and chivalrous soldier, a greedy steward, a corrupt judge: these are the protagonists of an intrigue in which fantastic apparitions and coups de théâtre follow one another.


La Dame Blanche tells the story of a woman who breaks free from the place she has been assigned.

[…] I was enthusiastic about the gothic romanticism of the work, very inspiring to develop a dreamlike visual universe. Our three-piece set combines scenography and video creation.

[…] It is a more complex tale than it seems, with a psychoanalytical dimension.”

Pauline Bureau, director

Press review

“The staging details are enough to make the story credible and funny, almost refreshing. […] A very professional, high quality production.”

Le Bruit du Off, 2 March 2020, Claire Denieul

“As soon as the curtain rises on a very typical 18th century landscape, the good surprise comes from the very judicious use of special effects throughout the performance and we can only salute the beautiful work of the video artist Nathalie Chabrol.

[…] Emmanuelle Roy's sets and Alice Touvet's costumes take the audience straight to 18th century Scotland, as the Avenel village inn, the landscape and the castle itself are strikingly realistic.”

Toute la culture, 01 February 2023, Hélène Biard

“In this enclosed space where doors and floor creak, bodies sometimes emerge from the floor and wicks suddenly explode out of nowhere: effects designed by the magician Benoît Dattez that reinforce the fantastic side of this castle, and that do not fail to startle the audience.”

Olyrix, 01 February 2023, Pierre Géraudie


Number of Principals: 7 + 5 members of the choir

Chorus / parts (S/A/T1/T2+Bar/B): 30 (7/6/6/5/6)

Extras: 2 actors


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Volume of the production

Set and props 3 containers

Other info

Last performed: 2023 (Limoges)

Coproduction: Opéra de Limoges, Opéra de Nice Côte d’Azur

La Dame blanche

François-Adrien Boieldieu

February 20 to March 01, 2020

1759, a Scottish village, far from the continental wars, an escheated castle, haunted by a ghost, loyal but gullible farmers, a brave orphan, an amnesic but chivalrous soldier, a greedy housekeeper, a corrupt judge: here are the characters of a plot where amazing outbreaks and dramatic turns of events take turns.

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