Production for rent: Titon et l'Aurore

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Composer: Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville

Libretto: Abbé de Voisenon


Category: Heoric pastoral in a prologue and three acts

Language: French

Running times: 2h (no intermission)

Premiered: 1753 in Académie royale de musique, Paris

New production: 18 January 2021, Opéra-Comique

Titon et l'Aurore © Stefan Brion

Stage director: Basil Twist • Set, costume and puppet designer: Basil Twist • Video creation: Daniel Brodie • Lighting designer: Jean Kalman

Chrysoline Dupont

Director of Artistic Coordination, Production and Development

In a few words

Titon et l’Aurore is a tale and an allegory The shepherd Titon and the fugitive Aurore fall in love, despite the passage of time and the jealousy of the gods The climate becomes turbulent, nymphs and fauns get involved


“The active role of deities and natural phenomena allows me to mobilise my specialty, the development of visual effects It’s all about creating atmosphere and balancing the ingredients that make up each scene For example, you have to transfer the movement from the character to the set, from the costume to the curtain It's an organic whole and you have to master the overall balance Hence my position as director, set designer and costume designer".

Basil Twist, director

Press review

“The baroque spirit is perfectly respected with a zany approach to the idea of "pastoral" at the appearance of the nymphs in Act II, between a gavotte performed by two sheep mixing jazz and hip-hop dance steps, and a shower of their congeners in the following dance. The smiles generated by this tableau will not make us forget the poetry of the aerial choreography of the string puppets of the three Graces, and the subtle approach of the nudity of the statues in the prologue. Whether in depth or in height, in light or in shadow - or even total darkness in the last act - Basile Twist masters his subject.”

Res Musica, 20 January 2021, Charlotte Saulneron

“Transposing such a fragile universe was risky and Basil Twist preferred to reinvent an 18th century. If the shepherds and peasants seem to come from paintings and engravings of the time, the gods benefit from the imagination of the American director and puppeteer, who also created the sets and costumes.”

Les Echos, 20 January 2021, Philippe Venturini

“String puppets, magic tricks, lighting effects, grandiose costumes: all the ingredients are brought together to resurrect the baroque splendours.”

La Terrasse, 15 December 2020, Isabelle Stibbe


Number of Principals: 6 + 3 members of the choir

Chorus / parts (S/Haute-Contre/Taille/B): 16 (6/3/3/4)

Extras: 9 puppeteers


24 / / 1 perc, 1 harpsichord

Volume of the production

Set and props 1 container

Other info

Last performed: Versailles, 2022

Adapted version in Thiré, 2023

Coproduction: Les Arts Florissants, Opéra Royal- Château de Versailles Spectacles

Titon et l'Aurore

Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville

January 18 to 27, 2021

Titon et l’Aurore is a tale and an allegory. Titon, the shepherd, and Aurore, the fugitive, are in love, despite the passage of time and the envy of Gods. Confusion sets is, nymphs and faunas get involved.

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