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Richard Brunel (stage director), Franck Ollu (conductor) — With Jeanne Gérard (Shirine), Julien Behr (Khosrow), Jean-Sébastien Bou (Chapour)...
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
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.
Photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez
Wednesday, May 12, 2027