Illustration Macbeth Underworld : ©️ Julia Lamoureux
6€ to 90€

Macbeth Underworld

Pascal Dusapin

March 25 to 31, 2020

6€ to 90€

All are dead but some are not aware of it. Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banco’s ghost, the child… This dead child is the cornerstone of the guilt haunting the Macbeths. Confined in operatic limbo, they are doomed to relive their past in an outer world that is guarded by nightmarish beings.

Father figure of Evil, the shakespearian couple lures us into the darkest corners of the human soul. Pascal Dusapin, renown contemporary opera writer, conceived this new work of art based on a text from Frédéric Boyer, four years after the opera Penthesilea. Based on the original work, this Way of the Cross also depicts our world: “It’s not about telling yet another story, says Pascal Dusapin. It’s about creating more stories with opera. Opera is about singing together about what preoccupies us.”

Co-commissioned by the Opéra Comique and the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, MacBeth Underworld was first staged in Bruxelles on 20th September 2019, and will premiere here in French. Thomas Jolly invents this outer world’ scenic space while Franck Ollu unfolds  his sound universe as a fine connaisseur of Pascal Dusapin’s work and philosophy.

French creation
Opera in eight chapters, on a libretto by Frédéric Boyer based on Macbeth by William Shakespeare.
Created at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Bruxelles)on 20th September 2019.

Musical direction Franck Ollu • Stage direction Thomas Jolly • With Katarina Bradic, Georg Nigl, Ekaterina Lekhina, Lilly Jørstad, Christel Loetzsch, Matthew Best, Graham Clark, Airelle Groleau / Rachel Masclet of the Maîtrise Populaire of Opéra Comique • Choir accentus / Opéra de Rouen Normandie • Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France

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

Audio description (EN)

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Before the show

Get the keys to the show

During a 15' brief, the theatre’s playwright tells you everything you need to know about the opera and its creative context

45 minutes before the show, Salle Bizet
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Sing before the show

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

45 minutes before the show, Foyer Favart
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Franck Ollu © Jean-Jacques Ollu
Musical direction
Franck Ollu
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Thomas Jolly © Olivier MetzgerModds
Stage direction
Thomas Jolly
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Pascal Dusapin © Marthe Lemelle Salabert
Pascal Dusapin
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Frédéric Boyer DR
Écrivain, Traducteur et Éditeur
Frédéric Boyer
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Artistic collaboration
Alexandre Dain
Bruno de Lavenère © Alain Kaiser
Bruno de Lavenère
Biographie Sylvette Dequest
Sylvette Dequest
Biographie Antoine Travert
Antoine Travert
Biographie Katja Krüger
Katja Krüger
Biographie Josep Planells Schiaffino
Musical assistant
Josep Planells Schiaffino
Chief oh choir
Richard Wilberforce
Vocal coach
Yoan Héreau
Biographie Katarina Bradić
Lady Macbeth
Katarina Bradić
Georg Nigl
Weird Sisters
Ekaterina Lekhina
Weird Sisters
Lilly Jørstad
Weird Sisters
Christel Loetzsch
Matthew Best
Biographie John Graham-Hall
John Graham Hall
Airelle Groleau
of the Maîtrise Populaire

Actors : Stanislas Briche, Alexander Espinosa Correoso, Michael Guevara, Vladimir Hugot, Benoit Maubrey, Guillaume Rabain, Frédéric Schalck et Gabriel Soler

Opéra de Rouen Normandie
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Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Co-commissioned by the
Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Opéra Comique

Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Opéra Comique, Opéra de Rouen Normandie

With the support of the
Fonds de Création Lyrique et de la SACD


Opéra de Rouen - Normandie 12, 14 mai 2020

With the support of

Fonds de création lyrique
La culture avec la copie privée
En partenariat avec
France Musique
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France Télévisions

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