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opera Dec. 14: Grétry's Richard Cœur de Lion (Richard the Lionheart) Marshall Pynkoski (stage direction), Hervé Niquet (conductor) — With Rémy Mathieu (Blondel), Reinoud Van Mechelen (Richard), Melody Louledjian (Laurette), Marie Perbost (Antonio) ...

Marshall Pynkoski (stage direction), Hervé Niquet (conductor) — With Rémy Mathieu (Blondel), Reinoud Van Mechelen (Richard), Melody Louledjian (Laurette), Marie Perbost (Antonio) ...

Dec. 14: Grétry's Richard Cœur de Lion (Richard the Lionheart) Marshall Pynkoski (stage direction), Hervé Niquet (conductor) — With Rémy Mathieu (Blondel), Reinoud Van Mechelen (Richard), Melody Louledjian (Laurette), Marie Perbost (Antonio) ...

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For the first time since the beginning of the French Revolution, André Grétry's Richard Cœur de Lion (Richard the Lionheart) returns to the Palace of Versailles in 2019—230 years after its last Royal Opera performance! Rediscover a comic opera masterpiece, brought to you by an eminently qualified team: the renowned Canadian duo of Baroque specialists Marshall Pynkoski (stage director) and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg (choreographer); Baroque ensemble par excellence Le Concert Spirituel, under the baton of their director Hervé Niquet; acclaimed vocalists like Rémy Mathieu as Blondel and Reinoud Van Mechelen as King Richard; and the exquisite ballet dancers of the Royal Opera of Versailles.

One of the most popular operas of its day—and the best-known 18th-century opéra comique for a century after its premiere—Richard Cœur de Lion recounts the captivity of King Richard the Lionheart in Austria on his way home from the Crusades, and his rescue by faithful squire Blondel de Nesle. This rich and stunning production transposes the medieval action upon Revolutionary era accoutrements, recreating the fashion and decor familiar to the Versailles audiences who last appreciated this masterwork in 1789.

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Cast

  • Marshall Pynkoski | Stage director
  • Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg | Choreographer
  • Antoine Fontaine | Set designer
  • Camille Assaf | Costumes
  • Hervé Gary | Lighting
  • Rémy Mathieu | Blondel
  • Reinoud Van Mechelen | Richard
  • Melody Louledjian | Laurette
  • Marie Perbost | Antonio, The Countess
  • Geoffroy Buffière | Sir Williams
  • Jean-Gabriel Saint Martin | Urbain, Florestan, Mathurin
  • François Pardailhé | Guillot, Charles
  • Cécile Achille | Madame Mathurin
  • Charles Barbier | The seneschal
  • Agathe Boudet | Colette
  • Virginie Lefebvre | Beatrix
  • François Joron | A peasant
  • Le Ballet de l'Opéra Royal
  • Le Concert Spirituel
  • Elisabeth Geiger | Choir Master
  • Hervé Niquet | Conductor

Program

  • André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry, Richard Cœur-de-lion (Richard the Lionheart)
    • I, 2: "Chantons, célébrons ce bon ménage" (Un peu plus vite)
    • I, 3: "Comment ! C'est demain que le vieux Mathurin..." (Plus lent)
    • I, 4: "La danse n'est pas ce que j'aime" (Blondel)
    • I, 5: Air: "Ô Richard, Ô mon Roi!" (Aria)
    • I, 6: "Quoi, de la part du gouverneur" (Ensemble)
    • I, 7: "Je crains de lui parler là" (Laurette)
    • I, 8: "Un bandeau couvre les yeux du dieu" (Chanson)
    • I, 9: Orchestre
    • I, 10: "Que le sultan Saladin rassemble dans son jardin" (Chanson)
    • II, 1: Ronde de Nuit (Night Watch)
    • II, 2: "Si l'univers entier m'oublie" (Richard)
    • II, 3: "Une fièvre brûlante un jour me terrassait" (Duo)
    • II, 4: "Sais-tu, connais-tu" (Soldiers' Chorus)
    • II, 5: "Ah ! Monseigneur" (Finale)
    • III, 1: "Il faut, il faut que je lui parle" (Trio)
    • III, 2: "Oui chevalier, oui ce rempart tient prisonnier le roi Richard" (Ensemble)
    • III, 3: "À Florestan pendant la danse" (Trio)
    • III, 4: "Et zic et zic et fric et froc" (Round and Chorus)
    • III, 5: Ballet
    • III, 6: Contredanse et Air très vif pour valser (Contradance and waltz)
    • III, 7: "Que Richard à l'instant soit remis dans nos mains" (Chorus)
    • III, 8: Combat
    • III, 9: Marche noblement

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Julien Condemine
  • Venue: Royal Opera of Versailles (Versailles, France)
  • Production date: 2019
  • Production: © La Copat - Wahoo Production - Château de Versailles Spectacles - Le Concert Spirituel - Mezzo
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