La Princesse légère

by Violeta Cruz


Salle Favart

from 16
to 20 March 2017


16 March 2017 2.00 pm

17 March 2017 8.00 pm

18 March 2017 3.00 pm

18 March 2017 8.00 pm

19 March 2017 11.00 am

19 March 2017 3.00 pm

All dates


0 825 01 01 23 (0,15 €/min) // Subscriptions: from 17 Sept. / Single tickets: from 26 Oct. 2016.

Spectacle enregistré

par France Musique

Ages 8 and up


60, 50, 40, 30, 25, 20, 12, 6 € / -18 years old : 42, 35, 28, 21, 18, 20, 12, 6 €


The reopening of the Opéra Comique theater delayed

The new season of the Opéra Comique with Fantasio by Offenbach, conducted by Laurent Campellone and directed by Thomas Jolly, will be launched as scheduled on 12 February 2017 at the Théâtre du Châtelet.
But the official reopening of our house is postponed  until 26 April 2017 with Alcione by Marin Marais, conducted by Jordi Savall and directed by Louise Moaty and Raphaëlle Boitel.

Initially scheduled next March, the world premiere of La Princesse légère by Violeta Cruz is postponed until next year due to restoration works of the Opéra Comique being delayed. Other events initially scheduled before April 24 at the Salle Favart will also be canceled or postponed. 

Tickets to these events will be postponed or refunded. Click here for further information >

More information about the Opéra Comique works >

Reopening of the theater delayed: practical information

All tickets to these events may be:

  • Exchanged for an event of the 2017 season (of the same price)

By phone: 01 86 69 37 13 (Mondays to Fridays from 11 am to 7 pm)
By mail to: Service des relations avec le public – Billetterie, 5 Rue Favart, 75002 Paris
At the box office of the Opéra Comique: 21 Rue du Sentier, 75002 Paris (Mondays to Fridays from 11 am to 7 pm)

  • Refunded

By sending back your tickets along with your bank account number (RIB) to: Service des relations avec le public – Billetterie, 5 Rue Favart, 75002 Paris

  • Postpone your tickets for La Princesse Légère

For La Princesse légère, you may also postpone your tickets until the 2018 season (the dates of the performances will be notified by September 2017)


Once upon a time there was a princess with no gravity doomed to fly away and laugh at everything! Violeta Cruz and Jos Houben picked the tale by George MacDonald, emulated by Lewis Carroll, to concoct an enchanting production for young and old.

Opéra-comique to a libretto by Gilles Rico commissioned by the Opéra Comique. World premiere on 2 March 2017 at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne.

Once upon a time there was a princess who was a long desired single child cursed on birth by a witch to have absolute lightness: lightness of body that prevented her from touching the ground, lightness of spirit that made her laugh at everything. The king and the queen wondered what they could do with a daughter who could not grasp the gravity of things. Luckily, the princess was adventurous.

George MacDonald's fairy tales enchanted J.R.R. Tolkien and, first of all, his emulator Lewis Carroll. They are intended for children and those with a child's soul. With humor and poetry, The Light Princess touches on the way children confront the gravity of the adult world and how parents learn to recognize the singularity of each child.

A character flying and laughing on the stage of an opera house! Violeta Cruz and Jos Houben invent a score and an entertainment arising from the sound bursts of life, where electronics meet singing, concrete sounds and the sonic palette of opera.

Music direction, Jean Deroyer 
Staging, Jos Houben
Musical computing - IRCAM, Augustin Muller

With Magali Arnault Stanczak / Anne-Marine Suire, Majdouline Zerari / Anna Reinhold, Jean-Jacques L’Anthöen / Carlos Natale, Luc Bertin-Hugault / Nicholas Merryweather
Actors, Kate Colebrook, Guy-Loup Boisneau

Ensemble Court-circuit

Music direction Jean Deroyer

Staging Jos Houben

Artistic Collaboration Emily Wilson

Scenery and costumes Oria Puppo

Lights Nicolas Simonin

Magicien Carmelo Cacciato

Réalisation en informatique musicale IRCAM Augustin Muller

Singing coach Alphonse Cemin

Cast A Les 16, 17 et 18 mars

The princess Magali Arnault Stanczak

The queen Majdouline Zerari

The prince Jean-Jacques L’Anthöen

The king Luc Bertin-Hugault

Actors Kate Colebrook, Guy-Loup Boisneau

CastB Les 19 et 20 mars

The princess Anne-Marine Suire

The queen Anna Reinhold

The prince Carlos Natale

The king Nicholas Merryweather

Actors Kate Colebrook, Guy-Loup Boisneau

Orchestra Ensemble Court-circuit

Commisson and production Opéra Comique

Coproduction Ircam-Centre Pompidou, Opéra de Lille, Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, Ensemble Court-Circuit

Partner Centre des monuments nationaux


The light princess is…. light! Since her birth she has been suffering the evil spell cast by a wicked and jealous witch: she has no gravity. It’s such a problem that her parents, the king and the queen, have to weight her with the furniture to keep her from being blown off. What’s more, she laughs at all times. There’s no way to make her realize the gravity of things. She takes anything seriously, she’s unbearable. The long desired single child does not meet her parents’ expectations. What can be done? Fortunately, her encounter with water will make her discover the meaning of her existence.

Before the show

Presentation of the production 50 minutes before curtain up, salle Bizet. Free of charge, on the day of the performance

Sing La Princesse légère: 45 minutes before curtain up, foyer Favart. Free of charge, on the day of the performance

Meet the artists of the production on Saturday 18 March at 5 pm. Free admission upon reservation >

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School performances:
Thursday 16 March at 2 pm 
Monday 20 March 2017 at 10 am and 2 pm
€15 / €10 (under age 18) / €5 (schoolchildren)

Family performances:
Friday 17 March at 8 pm
Saturday 18 March at 3 pm and 8 pm
Sunday 19 March 2017 at 11 am and 3 pm

€60, 50, 40, 30, 25, 20, 12, 6 
Price for those under age 18: €42, 35, 28, 21, 25, 20, 12, 6 

Also accessible through family subscription

Presentation intended for the family 45 minutes before the performance begins

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