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opera Judith, Mary Magdalene and Cecilia: Trois histoires sacrées by Charpentier Vincent Huguet (stage director), Sébastien Daucé (conductor) — Ensemble Correspondances

Vincent Huguet (stage director), Sébastien Daucé (conductor) — Ensemble Correspondances

Judith, Mary Magdalene and Cecilia: Trois histoires sacrées by Charpentier Vincent Huguet (stage director), Sébastien Daucé (conductor) — Ensemble Correspondances

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Stage director Vincent Huguet takes up eternal themes—liberation and courage, devotion and doubt, tragedy and acceptance—to stage three histoires sacrées (sacred histories) written by Marc-Antoine Charpentier more than 300 years ago. The economical use of a small instrumental ensemble over Latin vocal lines creates space for sublime surprises: more than abrupt mood changes or an unexpected fortissimo, we become attuned to the slightest dissonance, the delicate softness of instruments in unison, the briefest moments of silence. After three centuries, the drama of the work hits just as potently in the 21st century.

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Cast

  • Vincent Huguet | Stage director
  • Aurélie Maestre | Set designer
  • Clémence Pernoud | Lighting designer
  • Bertrand Couderc | Lighting design assistant
  • Christophe Robert | Production stage manager
  • Caroline Weynants | Judith
  • Violaine Le Chenadec | Servante de Judith
  • Davy Cornillot | Ozias/Narrator
  • Chorus of Israelites:
  • Judith Fa
  • Lucile Richardot
  • Davy Cornillot
  • Chorus of Assyrians:
  • René Ramos Premier
  • Caroline Arnaud
  • Stephen Collardelle
  • Etienne Bazola
  • Nicolas Brooymans
  • Lucile Richardot | Mary Magdalene
  • Caroline Arnaud | Narrator
  • Judith Fa | Cecilia
  • Caroline Weynants | An angel
  • Violaine Le Chenadec | An angel
  • Caroline Arnaud | An angel
  • Lucile Richardot | An angel
  • Stephen Collardelle | Tiburce
  • Etienne Bazola | Valérianus
  • Nicolas Brooymans | Almachius
  • Davy Cornillot | Narrator
  • Ensemble Correspondances
  • Sébastien Daucé | Conductor , Harpsichordist

Program

  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Motet 'O sacramentum pietatis', H. 274
  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Judith, sive Bethulia liberata H. 391
  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Motet 'In odorem unguentorum', H. 51
  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Magdalena Lugens, H. 343
  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Caecilia Virgo et Martyr, H. 397
  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Motet 'Sub tuum præsidium', H. 28

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Benjamin Bleton alias Karl More
  • Venue: The Palace of Versailles' Royal Chapel (Versailles, France)
  • Production date: 2016
  • Duration: 1 h 31 min
  • Production: © Karl More Productions / CVS / TF1
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