Production for rent: La Nonne Sanglante

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Composer: Charles Gounod

Libretto: Eugène Scribe and Germain Delavigne


Category: Opera in five acts

Language: French

Running times: 3h (including intermission)

Premiered: 1854, Opéra de Paris

New production: 2 June 2018, Opéra-Comique

La Nonne sanglante © Pierre Grosbois

Stage direction, dramaturgy and set design: David Bobée • Set designer: Aurélie Lemaignan • Costume designer: Alain Blanchot • Lighting designer: Stéphane Babi Aubert • Video: José Gherrak • Artistic collaboration: Corinne Meyniel

Chrysoline Dupont

Director of Artistic Coordination, Production and Development

In a few words

In a medieval Bohemia shaken by hereditary conflicts, Rodolphe defies his father and his ancestors for the love of the rival clan's daughter, offered as a peace pledge to his own brother. But Agnes looks strangely like the ghost haunting the Moldaw castle... 


“This work resonated with my taste for romanticism and fantasy. And through them my predilection for a certain genre cinema that recovers the figures of the gothic, a horror cinema that counted in the awakening of my vocation for the theater."

David Bobée, director

Press review

“The occupation of space is always precise, the scenography rich of some unforgettable images (the appearance of the spectres) and the video usage is relevant, maintaining a fantastical climate.”

Les Echos, 05 June 2018, Philippe Venturin

“David Bobée, in his second opera production, has the talent to create a dark, Games of Thrones-like setting whose atmosphere (like Alain Blanchot's beautiful costumes and Stéphane Babi Aubert's splendid lighting) is familiar to 21st century audiences - with the help of José Gherrak's fascinating video.”

La Revue du Spectacle, 12 June 2018, Christine Duc

“The Bloody Nun finally comes out of her tomb. […] David Bobée plays up the "genre" film/opera aspect with a predominantly anthracite set design and a strong reference to the Game of Thrones series.”

Télérama, 06 June 2018, Sophie Bourdais


Number of Principals: 9 + 3 members of the choir
Chorus / parts (S/A/T/B): 34 (9/6/10/9)
Extras: 6 dancers

9-8-6-5-4 / 3(1pic).2.3(1bcl).2 / / 1 ophicleid / 1harp / 3perc

Volume of the production
Set and props 2 containers

Other info
Coproduction: Insula Orchestra, Palazzetto Bru Zane
Last performed: Opéra-Comique, 2018

La Nonne Sanglante

Charles Gounod

June 02 to 14, 2018

Opera in five acts. Libretto by Eugène Scribe and Germain Delavigne. Premiered on 18 October 1854 at the Opéra (Salle Le Peletier)

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