Thierry Escaich's Shirine

Richard Brunel (stage director), Franck Ollu (conductor) — With Jeanne Gérard (Shirine), Julien Behr (Khosrow), Jean-Sébastien Bou (Chapour)...

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Richard Brunel — Stage director

Atiq Rahimi — Libretto

Etienne Pluss — Stage design

Wojciech Dziedzic — Costume designer

Henning Streck — Lighting designer

Yann Philippe — Video designer

Hervé Chaussard — Choreographer

Jeanne Gérard — Shirine

Julien Behr — Khosrow

Jean-Sébastien Bou — Chapour

Majdouline Zerari — Chamira

Théophile Alexandre — Nakissâ

Laurent Alvaro — Bârbad

Florent Karrer — Farhâd

Stephen Mills — Chiroya

Chœur de l’Opéra national de Lyon — Choir

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Generously supported by Madame Aline Foriel-Destezet

After Thierry Escaich’s first opera Claude, the Opéra national de Lyon showcases a new operatic composition by the French organist and composer, entitled Shirine. The libretto, written by the Franco-Afghan author Atiq Rahimi and adapted from the epic poem Khosrow and Shirine by 12th-century Persian poet Nezami Gandjavi, narrates the impossible love story between the Persian king, Khosrow and Shirine, a Christian princess from Armenia.

In this Persian fairytale with resolutely feminist undertones, rising opera stars Jeanne Gérard and Julien Behr bring flair and personality to the main roles. The opera’s orchestra and the promising cast of young talents are conducted by maestro Franck Ollu, with a contemporary staging by Richard Brunel.

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