La Princesse légère

Violeta Cruz


Salle Favart

from 9
to 11 March 2018


9 March 2018 audiodescription 10.00 am

9 March 2018 8.00 pm

10 March 2018 audiodescription 3.00 pm

10 March 2018 8.00 pm

11 March 2018 11.00 am

11 March 2018 4.00 pm

All dates


0 825 01 01 23 (0,15 €/min)

Ages 8 and up


60, 50, 40, 30, 25, 20, 12, 6 €

Opera in two acts composed by Violeta Cruz. Libretto by Gilles Rico after the tale by George MacDonald. World premiere on 13 December 2017 at the Opéra de Lille

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

Written for children and those with a child’s soul, George MacDonald’s tales enchanted J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll. The Light Princess calls to mind, with humor and poetry, the way children confront the gravity of the adult world and how parents learn to recognize the uniqueness of each child.

Violeta Cruz and Jos Houben devised a score and an entertainment that arise from the sonorous outbursts of life in which electronics meet chanson, concrete sounds and the sound palette of opera.

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Composition, Violeta Cruz
Music direction, Jean Deroyer
Staging, Jos Houben and Emily Wilson

With Jeanne Crousaud, Majdouline Zerari, Jean-Jacques L’Anthöen, Nicholas Merryweather, Kate Colebrook, Guy-Loup Boisneau

Orchestra, Ensemble Court-Circuit


Music direction Jean Deroyer

Staging Jos Houben and Emily Wilson

Scenery and costumes Oria Puppo

Lights Nicolas Simonin

IRCAM musical computing Augustin Muller

Moves collaboration Eric Nesci

Magician Carmelo Cacciato

Music assistant Pierre Dumoussaud

Scenery assistant Roberta Chiarito

Costumes assistant Clémentine Tonnelier

Chief of choir Juliette Journaux

La princesse, nourrice 1 Jeanne Crousaud

La reine Majdouline Zerari

Le prince, le narrateur Jean-Jacques L’Anthöen

Le roi Nicholas Merryweather

Le docteur Déjanthé, nourrice 2 Kate Colebrook

Le Docteur Malofoi, le page Guy-Loup Boisneau

Orchestra Ensemble Court Circuit

Commission and production Opéra Comique

Co-production Opéra de Lille, IRCAM, Ensemble Court Circuit

Before the show

  • Presentation of the production 45 minutes before the performance.
  • Sing La Princesse légère 45 minutes before the performance (except for school performances).

With the support of

Running time

1 hour and a half, without intermission

Doors open Opéra85 min End of the event

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