Les Éclairs

Philippe Hersant / Jean Echenoz


Salle Favart

from 2
to 8 November 2021


2 November 2021 8.00 pm

4 November 2021 8.00 pm

6 November 2021 8.00 pm

8 November 2021 8.00 pm

All dates


01 70 23 01 31 / billetterie@opera-comique.com / 2h

All audiences


90, 75, 65, 50, 30, 25, 12, 6 €



Les Éclairs delves into the fate of the engineer Nikola Tesla – aka Gregor Tesla. Upon arriving in New York in 1884, Gregor was filled with revolutionary visions of electricity applications. But he was more interested in scientific discoveries than in profit-making. Manufacturers plundered and perverted his inventions, driving him to seek refuge in lightning shows and the company of birds.

Opera in four acts. Libretto by Jean Echenoz, music by Philippe Hersant
Commissioned by the Opéra Comique – World creation

Novel-writing was a great source of renewal for the opera in the XIXth century. However, few authors tackled the lyric scene: it was the librettists’ job. At the invitation of the Opéra Comique, Jean Echenoz now addresses the challenge of adapting his 2010 novel. How will his characters materialise? With which words? Which voices, decor and music will bring Philippe Hersant’s third opera to life.

The Salle Favart was the first opera auditorium in Europe to be equipped with all-electric lighting. At the head of the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France and of the Aedès choir, Clément Hervieu-Léger and Ariane Matiakh unfurl the poetry of this scientific adventure, with young performers in love with creation.

This production is supported by Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Principal Patron of the Opéra Comique and by EREN Group, Patron of the production.

Musical direction Ariane Matiakh
Stage direction Clément Hervieu-Léger

With Jean-Christophe Lanièce, André Heyboer, Elsa Benoit, Marie-Andrée Bouchard-Lesieur, Jérôme Boutillier, François Rougier

Ensemble Aedes
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Around the show


Musical direction Ariane Matiakh

Stage direction Clément Hervieu-Léger

Decors Aurélie Maestre

Costumes Caroline de Vivaise

Lights Bertrand Couderc

Sound Jean-Luc Ristord

Stage direction assistant Frédérique Plain

Decors assistant Clara Cohen

Costumes assistant Magdalena Calloc’h

Lights assistant Cécile Giovansili

Singing chief Christophe Manien

Gregor Jean-Christophe Lanièce

Edison André Heyboer

Betty Elsa Benoit

Ethel Marie-Andrée Bouchard-Lesieur

Parker Jérôme Boutillier

Norman François Rougier

Extras Stéphane Lara, Antoine Pinquier

Choir Ensemble Aedes

Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France

Production Opéra Comique

Coproduction Théâtre national croate - Zagreb, Opéra National Grec

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