138, 122, 97, 75, 50, 34, 16, 6 €

Madame Favart

Jacques Offenbach

June 20 to 30, 2019

138, 122, 97, 75, 50, 34, 16, 6 €

Opéra comique in three acts to a libretto by Alfred Duru and Henri Chivot
Premiered at the Folies-Dramatiques in 1878

The Maréchal de Saxe wants Charles-Simon and Justine Favart to split and the actress to become his mistress. They are forced to live apart and hidden. Will their genius for intrigue save the couple?

Justine, the huge actress of the Age of Enlightenment, was also a heroine. Fleeing to the Netherlands to avoid the Maréchal’s advances in France, Justine changes identity to save her honor, her friends’ happiness, her husband’s career and, unknowingly, the future of the Opéra Comique. The anecdote, barely romanticized, mingles with history to end with a show within the show.

With Madame Favart, Offenbach managed to combine a picaresque narrative and a celebration of opéra comique in an operatic piece. Almost forgotten after decades of success, this great comedy is revived for the bicentennial of the composer.

To do justice to a thorough theater woman, only another such woman could play her role: Anne Kessler. Laurent Campellone makes Offenbach’s genius glow in the wake of a Fantasio that marked the 2017 season. By acting the protagonists of this adventure, Marion Lebègue and the artists of the Nouvelle Troupe Favart will give a spirited performance!

Music direction, Laurent Campellone •  Staging, Anne Kessler • With Marion Lebègue, Christian Helmer, Anne-Catherine Gillet, François Rougier, Franck Leguérinel, Éric Huchet, Lionel Peintre, Raphaël Brémard • Choir of theOpéra de Limoges • Orchestre de Chambre de Paris

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2h40 (entracte inclus) - Salle Favart
138, 122, 97, 75, 50, 34, 16, 6 €

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 | accessibilite@opera-comique.com


Before the show

Meet the artists, Tuesday 4 June at 7 pm
Presentation of the production 45 minutes prior to the performance :

- Keys to the production, salle Bizet
- Sing Madame Favart, Foyer Favart


Laurent Campellone
Music direction
Laurent Campellone
Anne Kessler
Sociétaire de la Comédie Française
Guy Zilberstein
Andrew D. Edwards
Bernadette Villard
Bernadette Villard
Glyslein Lefever
Glyslein Lefever
Arnaud Jung
Vocal coach
Marine Thoreau La Salle
Musical assistant
Béatrice Berrut
Choregraphy assistant
Mikael Fau
Staging assistant
Jeanne Pansart-Besson
Costume assistant
Alice Cambournac
Photo Marion Lebègue
Madame Favart
Marion Lebègue
Charles-Simon Favart
Christian Helmer
Anne-Catherine Gillet
Anne-Catherine Gillet
Hector de Boispréau
François Rougier
Franck Leguérinel
Major Cotignac
Franck Leguérinel
Eric Huchet © Karo Cottier
Marquis de Pontsablé
Eric Huchet
Lionel Peintre
Sergent Larose
Raphaël Brémard
Agnès De Butler
Aurélie Pes
Solal Dages-des-Houx
20, 22, 30 juin
Colin Renoir-Buisson
24, 26, 28 juin


Chœur de l’Opéra de Limoges - Direction, Edward Ananian-Cooper (et la collaboration de Stéphane Trébuchet)


Orchestre de Chambre de Paris


New production:

Opéra Comique 


Bru Zane, Opéra de Limoges, Théâtre de Caen


As part of 7° festival Palazzetto - Bru Zane Paris

Partitions éditées et mises à disposition par le Palazzetto Bru Zane

*membre du chœur de l'Opéra de Limoges


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