Fantasio Illustration : ©️ Julia Lamoureux


Jacques Offenbach

December 14 to 23, 2020


In 2017, Laurent Campellone and Thomas Jolly revived this recently recovered jewel. Marianne Crebassa embodied the title role, created in 1872, with panache. Performed at the Théâtre du Châtelet during the renovation of the Salle Favart, their frenzy Fantasio returns to its native theatre in 2020.

The young Fantasio has lost interest in life. He dreams about changing identity. It just so happens that the court jester recently died, so why not step in? Nobody loved the deceased as much as the princess Elsbeth, but she is doomed to a marriage of convenience. The new court jester will prompt the princess to listen to her heart. How far will she surrender?

Offenbach met Musset at the Comédie- Française and owed him his initial success. The romantic dimension of this Fantasio revisited by the poet’s brothertotally inspired him. But in 1872, the defeat of Sedan was still fresh, and the public dismissed Offenbach’s attempt to compose more than operetta. Fantasio’s music score was recycled in The Tales of Hoffmann, and then was partly lost in the Salle Favart fire.

In 2017, Laurent Campellone and Thomas Jolly revived this recently recovered jewel. Marianne Crebassa embodied the title role, created in 1872, with panache. Performed at the Théâtre du Châtelet during the renovation of the Salle Favart, their frenzy Fantasio returns to its native theatre in 2020.

Comic opera in three acts, Libretto by Paul de Musset based on Alfred de Musset’s play. Created at the Opéra Comique in 1872.

Sunday 20 décember at 3:00 pm

This show is a RELAX performance

It offers a caring and laid-back environment for people whose disability (autism, multiple disabilities, mental or psychic disability, Alzheimer…) may give rise to atypical and unpredictable behaviour during the show. The opera-house’ standard procedures are more flexible and everyone can experience emotions freely without fearing stares from others.


Musical direction Laurent Campellone • Stage direction Thomas Jolly • With Marianne Crebassa, Jodie Devos, Franck Leguérinel, Jean-Sébastien Bou, François Rougier, Anna Reinhold, Philippe Estèphe, Bruno Bayeux • Choir, Ensemble Aedes • Orchestra de chambre de Paris


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2h45 - Salle Favart
Performing in French, French and English surtitles

Audio description (EN)

Some operas are available in audio description. "Image whisperers” are also available on demand.
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People with reduced mobility

16 seats are dedicated to people with reduced mobility, on reservation at the box office or by phone. Access to the lift is located 5 rue Favart
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Laurent Campellone
Musical direction
Laurent Campellone
Thomas Jolly © Olivier MetzgerModds
Stage direction
Thomas Jolly
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Artistic collaboration
Alexandre Dain
Biographie Thibaut Fack
Thibaut Fack
Biographie Sylvette Dequest
Sylvette Dequest
Biographie Antoine Travert
Antoine Travert
Biographie Philippe Berthomé
Philippe Berthomé
Musical assistant
Stéphanie-Marie Degand
Biographie Katja Krüger
Staging and dramaturgy assistant
Katja Krüger
Staging assistant for the choir
Pier Lamandé
Costume creation assistant
Magali Perrin Toinin
Martin Surot
Vocal coach
Martin Surot
Chief of choir
Mathieu Romano
Marianne Crebassa
Biographie Jodie Devos
La princesse Elsbeth
Jodie Devos
Franck Leguérinel
Le roi de Bavière
Franck Leguérinel
Le prince de Mantoue
Jean-Sébastien Bou
François Rougier
Biographie Anna Reinhold
Anna Reinhold
Philippe Estephe © Romane Bégon
Philippe Estèphe
Quentin Desgeorges
Biographie Yoann Le Lan © Corentin Beaufaron
Yoann Le Lan
Virgile Frannais
Rutten, le tailleur, le garde Suisse
Flannan Obé
Ensemble Aedes © William Beaucardet
Ensemble Aedes
Orchestre de la chambre de Paris © Bernard Martinez
Orchestre de chambre de Paris

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Cette production est soutenue par Aline Foriel-Destezet, Mécène principale de l’Opéra Comique

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