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Grisélidis

Jules Massenet

A medieval fairy play by Massenet, in which love and marital fidelity are put to the test by the Devil.

Vannina Santoni
Vannina Santoni © Capucine de Chocqueuse
Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Jean-Marie Zeitouni - DR

Cast

Vannina Santoni | Grisélidis 
Frédéric Antoun | Alain
Thomas Dolié | Le Marquis
Tassis Christoyannis | Le Diable
Antoinette Dennefeld | Fiamina
Adèle Charvet | Bertrade
Thibault de Damas | Le Prieur
Adrien Fournaison | Gondebaud

Jean-Marie Zeitouni | direction
Chœur et Orchestre de l’Opéra national Montpellier Occitanie 

Sung in French with French and English subtitles.

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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

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