Illustration ©️ Julia Lamoureux
90, 75, 65, 50, 30, 25, 12, 6 €

Les Éclairs

Philippe Hersant and Jean Echenoz

November 02 to 08, 2021

90, 75, 65, 50, 30, 25, 12, 6 €

Les Éclairs delves into the fate of the engineer Nikola Tesla – aka Gregor Tesla. Upon arriving in New York in 1884, Gregor was filled with revolutionary visions of electricity applications. But he was more interested in scientific discoveries than in profit-making. Manufacturers plundered and perverted his inventions, driving him to seek refuge in lightning shows and the company of birds.


Les Eclairs, la bande annonce

Opera in four acts. Libretto by Jean Echenoz, music by Philippe Hersant
Commissioned by the Opéra Comique – World creation

Novel-writing was a great source of renewal for the opera in the XIXth century. However, few authors tackled the lyric scene: it was the librettists’ job. At the invitation of the Opéra Comique, Jean Echenoz now addresses the challenge of adapting his 2010 novel. How will his characters materialise? With which words? Which voices, decor and music will bring Philippe Hersant’s third opera to life.

The Salle Favart was the first opera auditorium in Europe to be equipped with all-electric lighting. At the head of the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France and of the Aedès choir, Clément Hervieu-Léger and Ariane Matiakh unfurl the poetry of this scientific adventure, with young performers in love with creation.

Musical direction Ariane Matiakh • Stage direction Clément Hervieu-Léger • With Jean-Christophe Lanièce, Marie-Andrée Bouchard-Lesieur, François Rougier, Elsa Benoit, André Heyboer, Jérôme Boutillier • Ensemble Aedes • Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France

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1h45 - Salle Favart
90, 75, 65, 50, 30, 25, 12, 6 €
Show sang in French with French and English subtiltes

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
+33 1 70 23 01 44 |

45 minutes before the performance

Keys to the show

Twenty-minutes to discover everything there is to know about the opera you’re about to see, from the playwright Agnès Terrier (in french).

Salle Bizet | Free

Sing some tunes

Meet a choirmaster and sing , with no hang-ups, the tunes of the opera you’re about to see.

Foyer Favart | Free

Take time

The intermission bar offers drinks and light refreshments as soon as the theatre doors open.


Musical direction
Ariane Matiakh
Stage direction
Clément Hervieu-Léger
Artistic collaboration
Frédérique Plain
Aurélie Maestre
Caroline de Vivaise
Bertrand Couderc
Jean-Luc Ristord
Decors assistant
Clara Cohen
Costumes assistant
Magdalena Calloc'h
Lights assistant
Cécile Giovansili Vissière
Lights assistant
Enzo Cescatti
Singing chief
Christophe Manien
Chief of choir
Mathieu Romano
Jean-Christophe Lanièce
Marie-Andrée Bouchard-Lesieur
François Rougier
Elsa Benoit
André Heyboer
Jérôme Boutillier
Le Capitaine
Alban Dufourt
Member of the chœur Aedès
Le Second / le Médecin légiste
Mathieu Dubroca
Member of the chœur Aedès
Trois domestiques
Anthony Lo Papa, Paul Kirby
Members of the chœur Aedès
Les adjoints d’Edison
Sorin Adrian Dumitrascu, Vlad Crosman, Florent Thioux
Members of the chœur Aedès
Stéphane Lara, Antoine Pinquier
Ensemble Aedes
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Opéra Comique

Opéra National Grec

With the support of

Fonds de création lyrique
La Copie privée

Aline Foriel-Destezet, principal mecene of the Opéra Comique and EREN Groupe and Total Eren, mecenes of the production.

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