Stravinsky's The Nightingale and Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tirésias
Olivier Py (stage director), François-Xavier Roth (conductor) — With Sabine Devieilhe, Cyrille Dubois, Laurent Naouri, Jean-Sébastien Bou, ...
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Olivier Py — Stage director
Pierre-André Weitz — Set and costume design
Bertrand Killy — Lighting
Sabine Devieilhe — The Nightingale
Cyrille Dubois — Fisherman / 1st Japanese envoy
Chantal Santon Jeffery — Cook
Laurent Naouri — Chamberlain
Victor Sicard — Bonze
Rodolphe Briand — 3rd Japanese envoy
Francesco Salvadori — Japanese envoy
Jean-Sébastien Bou — Emperor
Lucile Richardot — Death
Les Mamelles de Tirésias:
Sabine Devieilhe — Thérèse-Tirésias / The Cartomancer
Laurent Naouri — Theatre director
From the historic Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, you're invited to an out-of-this-world musical and visual spectacle: a dramatic double feature featuring Sabine Devieilhe, Cyrille Dubois, and more of the biggest stars of the French opera stage!
Stage director Olivier Py, Mathieu Romano and the Ensemble Aedes, and François-Xavier Roth with Les Siècles conjure up a stirring reflection on life and death, appearances and power, through two benchmark 20th-century works: Igor Stravinsky's The Nightingale, a philosophical tale set in an imaginary Chinese court, and Francis Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tiresias), a surrealist opéra-bouffe that recounts the adventures of the feminist Thérèse, who becomes a man to gain access to power and fight for sexual equality. These two works take up complementary themes—death in Stravinsky's opera, procreation and sexuality in Poulenc's—and set designer Pierre-André Weitz underlines the linkage with a unique "front and back" decor that represents two sides of a theater: on one side, the shadowy backstage wing whereThe Nightingale unfolds, and on the other, the brightly lit face of the Zanzibar Theater for Tirésias. The exquisite Sabine Devieilhe headlines both operas alongside a stellar cast, including Cyrille Dubois, Laurent Naouri, and Jean-Sébastien Bou. Rarely heard gems, eye-catching sets, and world-class talent onstage and behind the scenes… An evening not to be missed on medici.tv!
Photo: Le Rossignol - Les Mamelles de Tirésias © Vincent Pontet