A medieval fairy play by Massenet, in which love and marital fidelity are put to the test by the Devil.
Vannina Santoni | Grisélidis
Julien Dran | Alain
Thomas Dolié | Le Marquis
Tassis Christoyannis | Le Diable
Antoinette Dennefeld | Fiamina
Adèle Charvet | Bertrade
Thibault de Damas | Le Prieur
Adrien Fournaison | Gondebaut
Jean-Marie Zeitouni | direction
Chœur et Orchestre de l’Opéra national Montpellier Occitanie
Sung in French with French and English subtitles.
Inspired by a twelfth-century legend, the plot of Grisélidis features the wife of a knight who is fighting in the Holy Land. When the Devil tests her fidelity, the wife becomes a devoted mother to avoid yielding to temptation. Massenet’s work, which was intended for the Opéra-Comique in Paris, where it was premiered in 1901, tackles the medieval period in contrasting registers: religion, fantasy, comedy and the sublime. A fine team of French singers allows us to rediscover this neglected opus.
Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Palazzetto Bru Zane / Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie, dans le cadre du Xe Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane Paris