Re Orso

Re Orso

Re Orso

Marco Stroppa


World premiere on 19 May 2012

Presentation of the work by Agnès Terrier 40 minutes prior to each performance.

Performed in Italian with French supertitles

Direction musicale, Susanna Mälkki
Mise en scène, Richard Brunel

Rodrigo FerreiraMonica BacelliMarisol MontalvoAlexander KravetsGeoffrey Carey, Cyril Anrep, Geoffrey Carey, Daniel Carraz, Piera Formenti

Ensemble Intercontemporain



In the literary output of composer and librettist Arrigo Boito, Verdi's associate, there is a harsh and mysterious epic poem, Re Orso, published in 1865. The text in lyrical verse of utmost musical refinement recounts the legend of an appalling king, Bear, who reigned over Crete before the year 1000 in the darkest time of our era. Mingling the legendary character of the ancient king of animals with the myth of the Minotaur, Boito elaborates a new ill-fated figure steeped in crime and excess, awaiting punishment. Composer, scholar and teacher, Marco Stroppa picks up this text and writes his first piece of musical theater as a dance of death, with the collaboration of Richard Brunel and the Ensemble InterContemporain.

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Direction musicale, Susanna Mälkki
Mise en scène, Richard Brunel
Dramaturgie, Catherine Ailloud-Nicolas et Giordano Ferrari
Décors et Costumes, Bruno De Lavenère
Lumières, Laurent Castaingt
Collaborateur aux mouvements, Thierry Thieû Niang
Magicien, Alpha
Conseillère en marionnettes, Émilie Valentin
Assistant musical, Oliver Hagen
Assistant mise en scène, Ester Pieri
Assistant décors, Émilie Roy
Assistant costumes, Pascale Paume
Réalisation informatique musicale Ircam, Carlo Laurenzi
Conseiller scientifique Ircam, Jean Bresson
Chefs de chant, Christophe Manien, Joël Soichez

Re Orso, Rodrigo Ferreira
Le Ver, Monica Bacelli
Oliba, Marisol Montalvo
Le Trouvère, Alexander Kravets
Papiol, buffon, Geoffrey Carey
Des courtisans,Cyril Anrep, Geoffrey Carey, Daniel Carraz, Piera Formenti
Ensemble Intercontemporain

Commande de : l'État français, Opéra Comique, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Ircam-Centre Pompidou, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Françoise et Jean-Philippe Billarant.
Production : Opéra Comique
Coproduction : Théâtre de la Monnaie, Ircam-Centre Pompidou

Opéra enregistré par France Musique et diffusé le lundi 21 mai à 20h

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The Trojan War brought into conflict the kingdoms of Greece and the city of Troy in Asia Minor. Trojan Prince Aeneas saw his city sacked and lost nearly all of his family. This valiant warrior, the son of Venus and Anchises, leaves Asia Minor to found Troy anew on a more auspicious shore of the Mediterranean (it will be Rome, destined to rule over the ancient world). But his ship is wrecked by a storm on the African coast. Dido, the founder and Queen of Carthage, welcomes Aeneas all the better since, being a widow, her authority is challenged by the neighboring kingdom. The hero stands forth, gleaming in the clear light, godlike in face and shoulders, for Venus herself endowed him with a radiant beauty. While listening to Aeneas relate his adventures, Dido drink the poison of a lasting love.

Act I
In her palace, Dido is unable to conceal her torments. Her sister Belinda urmises that she loves Aeneas without understanding that Dido fears the will of the gods and does not want to betray the memory of her former husband. Belinda heartens Dido to accept her feelings toward Aeneas. Such a marriage would ensure the prosperity of Carthage, the queen’s honor as well as Aeneas’s happiness. Belinda’s encouragements are joined by those of the second lady-in-waiting and of the attendants. All urge Dido to give free expression to her desires for the benefit of her people. Aeneas enters and declares his love to the queen. She weakly tries to turn him down while Aeneas is ready to tempt fate, live with her and serve Carthage. Belinda and the chorus encourage Love to overcome Dido’s reluctance. She eventually gives way to her passion.

Act II
Scene 1
The next morning, Dido and Aeneas are celebrating their union with a great hunting party. But the Sorceress gathers her witches in a cave in order to stir up the destruction of Carthage. Horror-stricken by happiness, she has decided to ruin Dido’s plans and hasten the end of the Trojan hero. She will disrupt the hunt with a storm then an evil Spirit will appear to Aeneas disguised as Mercury who will order him to leave Carthage on the spot.

Scene 2
In a grove, Dido and Aeneas are taking a rest. The courtiers entertain them with dancing and singing in praise of Diana. A thunderstorm breaks out and Belinda prompts all to return to the city. Aeneas, who has stayed behind, encounters the evil Spirit in the guise of Mercury. He commands Aeneas to obey Jove, leave Dido and get under way to Italy with his warriors. Aeneas consents but blames the gods for compelling him to betrayal.

Scene 1
In the harbor of Carthage, the Trojan sailors are preparing to go to sea in a lighthearted mood with no regret for the women they leave behind. The Sorceress and her witches are delighted at the queen’s impending distress, which will lead to the fall of Carthage. Now they devise to unleash a storm that will swallow up Aeneas’s ship and their joy will be complete.

Scene 2
At the palace, Dido rages against her ill fortune. When Aeneas comes to tell her of the divine order, she accuses him of having deceived her. Aeneas protests and tells her he will defy Jupiter’s command. Beside herself with anger, Dido rejects him. After his departure, attended by Belinda and the court, Dido takes a fatal poison.

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