Le Roi malgré lui

Le Roi malgré lui

Emmanuel Chabrier

OPÉRA-COMIQUE en trois actes d’Emmanuel Chabrier
Texte d'Emile de Najac et Paul Burani. Créé à l’Opéra Comique le 18 mai 1887

Direction musicale, William Lacey
Mise en scène et costumes, Laurent Pelly

Avec Jean-Sébastien Bou, Magali Léger, Franck Leguérinel, Sophie Marin-Degor, Gordon Gietz, Nabil Suliman

Chœurs de l'Opéra national de Lyon
Orchestre de Paris

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Act I
In early sixteenth century Sicily in merchant Lugano’s palace the wedding of his single daughter with Florentine officer Alphonse of Monza is about to take place. As the lord is late Camille heartens her lover: he is not wealthy, but has he not deserved to marry the best catch in Sicily by rescuing his future father-in-law from the brigands? The region is still insecure even though Zampa is said to have been arrested. The terrible pirate has ruined the honor of many a family and the population is under the protection of Saint Alice, after the name of one of his victims, Alice Manfredi, whose statue recalls the cruel destiny of a seduced girl who was abandoned and then died of despair on a Sicilian shore. Hearing the story for the first time, Alphonse realizes with terror that the pirate is none but his elder brother, a rake who disappeared in his childhood. A stranger bursts into Camille’s room as she’s alone. Lugano has fallen into his hands. He demands her properties and a shelter inside the castle. Fearing for her father’s life, Camille postpones her marriage and gives up the household to the stranger. It soon turns out that the latter is Zampa himself who devises a new scheme: add Camille to his numerous conquests. Before the statue of Alice, his first mate Daniel warns him: past crimes might catch up the seducer. To cheer up his companions, Zampa places a ring on the statue’s finger. To the dread of all, the marble hand closes around the jewel.

Act II
The following day the village sinks into terror while the new master and his men are still unidentified. In front of the chapel, Zampa is watching for Camille, determined to marry her and ignoring Daniel’s fears. The freebooter is laughing at it all: as long as Lugano is his prisoner, Camille won’t denounce him. Alphonse has escaped an ambush and is back only to learn the cancellation of his marriage. What could have so upset his happiness? Does Lugano prefer another son-in-law? Coming out of the chapel, Camille dares not confess the nasty blackmail. Alphonse decides to gather his men so as to face the intruders and thwart the new wedding. At the sight of the menacing statue of Alice, who brandishes the ring to remind the pirate of his oath, Zampa leads Camille to the altar. Thanks to the description of the villain, Alphonse identifies Zampa and is about to deliver him to the angry populace. But a dramatic turn gives the advantage to the corsair: the viceroy promises to pardon Zampa in return for his rallying against the Ottomans. While the people celebrate their new protector, Camille has no choice but to marry her father’s kidnapper.

Act III
In the evening after her wedding Camille awaits her father, but Alphonse arrives to abduct her. She refuses, putting forward her having sworn to God and Zampa’s promise. Before meeting with his wife, the freebooter asks Daniel if the statue has been broken and thrown into the sea. Camille asks Zampa to keep his promise and tells him about her intention to go into a convent. Zampa is infuriated at the thought that Camille is appalled to marry a bandit. He then reveals his true identity: count of Monza, Florentine lord. Camille can but appeal to Alice Manfredi. The statue appears again and drags Zampa own to hell while the Etna is ablaze.

Cast

Direction musicale, William Lacey
Mise en scène et costumes, Laurent Pelly
Dramaturgie, Agathe Mélinand
Décors, Bernard Legoux
Eclairages, Joël Adam
Collaborateur aux mouvements, Lionel Hoche
Assistante musicale, Claire Levacher
Assistante à la mise en scène, Diane Chèvre-Clément
Collaboratrice costumes, Donate Marchand
Pianiste accompagnateur, Nathalie Dang
Chef de chœur, Alan Woodbridge

Henri de Valois, roi de Pologne, Jean-Sébastien Bou
Minka, Magali Léger
Le duc de Fritelli, Franck Leguérinel
Alexina, duchesse de Fritelli, Sophie Marin-Degor
Le comte de Nangis, Gordon Gietz
Laski, grand palatin, Nabil Suliman

Comédiens, Olivier Sferlazza, Bruno Andrieux, Jean-Benoît Terral

Chœurs de l'Opéra national de Lyon
Orchestre de Paris


Coproduction, Opéra national de Lyon, Opéra Comique

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