Les Mousquetaires au couvent

Les Mousquetaires au couvent

Les Mousquetaires au couvent

Louis Varney

OPERETTA by Louis Varney in 3 acts premiered at the Bouffes-Parisiens in 1880.
 

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Musical direction, Laurent Campellone
Staging, Jérôme Deschamps

With Marc Canturri, Sébastien Guèze, Franck Leguérinel, Anne-Catherine Gillet, Anne-Marine Suire, Antoinette Dennefeld, Nicole Monestier, Doris Lamprecht...

Choir, Les Cris de Paris
Orchestre symphonique de l’Opéra de Toulon

Presentation

OPERETTA by Louis Varney in three acts with a libretto by Paul Ferrier and Jules Prével adapted by Jérôme Deschamps, based on L'Habit ne fait pas le moine by Amable de Saint-Hilaire and Duport. Premiered at the Bouffes-Parisiens on 16 March 1880.

A hair-raising season's end with one of the best operettas in the repertoire. In the century of Le Comte Ory, the dramatic genres gladly forced their way into convents, in order to either put to the test or ridicule cooped up virtues. As for theater composers, they found in the religious genres as many excuses for musical refinement as for delightful parody.

Parisian operetta had conquered Europe when Louis Varney took over from Offenbach with this historical intrigue in which politics, the army and religion compromise themselves. In his best guarded province, can Cardinal Richelieu impose his will when a Rabelaisian abbot decides to favor dashing musketeers and tender novices?

The Belle Époque acclaimed these beautifully made Mousquetaires whose refinement, delightful irreverence and communicative cheerfulness are recreated by Jérôme Deschamps and Laurent Campellone.

Presentation of the work by Agnès Terrier 40 minutes prior to each performance.
Performance duration : around 2h20 with an intermission

The show will be broadcast live on 17 June on Arte Concert.


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Cast

Musical direction, Laurent Campellone
Staging, Jérôme Deschamps
Scenery, Laurent Peduzzi
Costumes, Vanessa Sannino
Lights, Marie-Christine Soma
Choregraphy, Glyslein Lefever

Musical assistant, Claire Levacher
Staging assistant, Gilles Rico and Damien Lefevre
Costumes assistant, Sylvie Barras
Vocal coach, Christophe Manien
Choirmaster, Geoffroy Jourdain

Narcisse de Brissac, Marc Canturri
Gontran de Solanges, Sébastien Guèze
L'abbé Bridaine, Franck Leguérinel
Simone, Anne-Catherine Gillet
Marie de Pontcourlay, Anne-Marine Suire*
Louise de Pontcourlay, Antoinette Dennefeld
La mère supérieure, Nicole Monestier
Mme Pichard/ sœur Opportune, Doris Lamprecht
Le Gouverneur, Jérôme Deschamps
Rigobert, Ronan Debois*
Pichard, Safir Behloul*
Marchandes de fleurs (Claudine) / Isabelle, Jodie Devos*
Marchandes de fleurs (Jacqueline) / Agathe, Valentine Martinez*
Marchandes de fleurs (Jeanneton), Eléonore Pancrazi*
Marchandes de gâteaux, Mathilde Opinel
Blanche, Emmanuelle Monier**
Moines, Mathieu Marinach**, Antoine Jomin**
Langlois / un pompier, Richard Lahady
Farin / un pompier, Jean-Louis Cordina
Figurant, Paul Canestraro

Choir, Les Cris de Paris
Orchestre symphonique de l’Opéra de Toulon

Co-production, Opéra Comique, Opéra de Lausanne, Opéra de Toulon Provence Méditerranée        
Associate partner, Palazzetto Bru Zane

*Singers of the Académie de l’Opéra Comique
**Singers from Les Cris de Paris

 


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In audio-description

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Les Mousquetaires au Couvent in audio-description:
Sunday 21 June 2015 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday 23 June 2015 at 8 p.m.

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Synopsis

The action takes place in Touraine under the reign of Louis XIII.

Act I
At the inn “Au Mousquetaire Gris” there is a highly-charged atmosphere, vendors mingling with musketeers who scoff at the bourgeois, delighting Simone, the maid. The army is mobilized as Cardinal Richelieu, who is to pass through Touraine back from the siege of La Rochelle, fears conspiracy. Good Abbé Bridaine appears looking for his former pupil, musketeer Gontran de Solanges. He has been informed of his sudden melancholy by dashing Captain Narcisse de Brissac. Gontran confesses his love for a girl of the Ursulines convent, Marie, the niece of the governor of Touraine, the only man allowed to enter the convent. 
A ball is about to begin when Count de Pontcourlay, governor of Touraine, appears. He asks Bridaine to tell his two nieces Marie and Louise the fate imposed upon them by reason of State: take the veil within two days. Then the governor commands innkeeper Pichard to accommodate two pilgrims despite their being mendicant friars: they are to preach renunciation to the two girls. The festivity goes on without regard for the friars’ sleep while Bridaine notifies Gontran of the fate awaiting his sweetheart.
Enterprising Brissac devises a way to reach the girls: he and Gontran leave the inn wearing the friars’ frocks unbeknownst to Bridaine and asking the other musketeers to guard the pilgrims’ door.

Act II
In the study of the convent, the girls’ dictation is interrupted by the mother superior who announces the arrival of two priests sent by the governor. Before they confess to them, the girls are to examine their conscience. Marie is the most sincere because she is in love with an unknown musketeer. As the preachers enter, Gontran makes himself known to Marie and Brissac informs biting Louise.
The girls go to the refectory, leaving the two clerics on their own. Hungry Brissac rummages the girls’ desks and discovers Marie’s examination of conscience: Gontran reads it and learns of her love for him. Brissac obtains a good meal from the mother superior so as to be ready for his sermon.
Fearing a foolish act from Gontran, Bridaine arrives and entreats Marie to write Gontran a letter saying that she is taking the veil. The sacrifice pains the girl who knows she is loved. Bridaine soon unmasks the fake pilgrims. Gontran is upset by Marie’s letter and Brissac is somewhat inebriated after his famous meal. His sermon praising love delights the girls and appalls the nuns.

Act III
In the courtyard of the convent, Gontran organizes the girls’ escape with the help of musketeers outside. After the recreation, Brissac succeeds in meeting Louise who suits his taste. Simone appears looking for Bridaine: where is Brissac and what to do with the pilgrims tied up in their room?
Gontran asks her to fetch Marie and an interview enables the two lovers to prepare their flight. Louise surprises them and demands to be abducted along with her sister. A ladder is there to help them flee but Bridaine shows up unexpectedly followed by the governor with great pomp.
Before the cardinal’s arrival, the governor is there to arrest the pilgrims identified as the agents of a dangerous plot. When Gontran and Brissac appear as musketeers and reveal they have captured the pilgrims, the governor gives them his nieces as reward: reason of State is safe!


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