Sancho Pança Gouverneur dans l'Isle de Barataria
OPÉRA BOUFFON de François-André Danican Philidor
Livret d’Antoine-Alexandre-Henri Poinsinet d’après Cervantès, 1762.
Direction musicale, Hugo Reyne
Sancho Pança, Paul-Alexandre Dubois
Thérèse, Isabelle Druet
Lope Tocho/Le Docteur, Vincent Bouchot
Juliette/Une bergère, Dorothée Leclair Camille Poul
Don Crispinos/Torillos/Le Fermier, Jeffrey Thompson
La Simphonie du Marais
In 1762 the Opéra Comique leaves lively fairs and occupies the venerable Hôtel de Bourgogne where its company merges with that of the Comédie-Italienne. Yet its repertoire and early creations maintain their popular and burlesque flavor, as exemplified by this opera bouffon in which the vivid music by Philidor, then as famous as a musician as a chess player, meets with Poinsinet’s comic dialogue to portray a Sancho Pança still influenced by Harlequin. Free from his master Don Quixote, Sancho Pança thinks he is the governor of Barataria Island and pride is going to his head!