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    Le Rossignol

    Igor Stravinsky

    Les Mamelles de Tirésias

    Francis Poulenc

    Stravinsky and Poulenc reunited for a dazzling diptych presented by an outstanding team of French soloists, François-Xavier Roth, and Olivier Py

    Les Mamelles de Tirésias
    Les Mamelles de Tirésias © Vincent Pontet
    Les Mamelles de Tirésias
    Les Mamelles de Tirésias © Vincent Pontet
    Le Rossignol
    Le Rossignol © Vincent Pontet
    Le Rossignol
    Le Rossignol © Vincent Pontet

    François-Xavier Roth | direction
    Olivier Py | staging
    Pierre-André Weitz | sets and costumes
    Bertrand Killy | lighting

    Les Siècles
    Ensemble Aedes | direction Mathieu Romano

    Le Rossignol
    Sabine Devieilhe | Nightingale
    Cyrille Dubois | Fisherman / First Japanese envoy
    Chantal Santon Jeffery | Cook
    Laurent Naouri | Chamberlain
    Victor Sicard | Bonze
    Rodolphe Briand | Third Japanese envoy
    Francesco Salvadori | Japanese envoy
    Jean-Sébastien Bou | Emperor of China
    Lucile Richardot | Death

    Les Mamelles de Tirésias
    Sabine Devieilhe
    | Thérèse-Tirésias / The Cartomancer
    Laurent Naouri | Theatre director
    Jean-Sébastien Bou | Thérèse' husband
    Victor Sicard | A gendarme
    Cyrille Dubois | A reporter from Paris / Monsieur Lacouf
    Rodolphe Briand | The son / A woman
    Chantal Santon Jeffery | An elegant lady
    Lucile Richardot | A newspaper vendor
    Francesco Salvadori | Monsieur Presto

    Sung in French with French and English subtitles

    Les Mamelles de Tirésias by Poulenc, inspired by the eponymous drama by Apollinaire, was premiered in 1917, three years after Stravinsky’s Rossignol (Nightingale). Although Stravinsky’s work has certain stylistic discrepancies which are associated with its long maturation between 1908 and 1914, it is still imbued with the spirit of his master Rimsky-Korsakov and his Golden Cockerel in particular. Poulenc also took his time perfecting his adaptation of the play by Apollinaire (one of the musician’s favourite poets) throughout World War II. The musician took great pleasure in pastiching different lyric forms and included some modern rhythms such as jazz. The two works explore in their own way the theme of appearance and the power which it confers through the melodious bird and its mechanical double in the case of Stravinsky, and between man and woman for Poulenc. In the guise of a humorous surrealist sketch, Les Mamelles is actually a social and societal polemical tract, exploring with humour and cynicism the place and role of women. This remains a highly topical subject.

    A dazzling team of French soloists has been assembled for this diptych, notably Sabine Devieilhe, Cyrille Dubois, Laurent Naouri, and Jean-Sébastien Bou. In the orchestra pit and at the rostrum, Les Siècles and their founder and director François-Xavier Roth kick off a multi-project residency this season (opera, concerts, a programme for young people and families) on avenue Montaigne. Lastly, director Olivier Py and his trusted associate Pierre-André Weitz round off the Poulenc cycle which they inaugurated with such flair in 2012 with Les Dialogues des Carmélites, and then La Voix humaine paired with the première of Point d’Orgue by Thierry Escaich last season. This exploration of identity on two fronts is sure to inspire them to new heights

    Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur
    En partenariat avec France TV et le Figaro
    Opera broadcasted by France Musique on 15 April 2023 8pm in Samedi à l’Opéra presented by Judith Chaine
    Ce spectacle fait l’objet d’une captation réalisée par François Roussillon et Frédéric Savoir, coproduite par le Théâtre des Champs-Elysées et FRAprod, avec la participation de TF1, Mezzo, et le soutien du CNC.
    Retrouvez prochainement ce spectacle sur la chaîne YouTube du Théâtre

    Avec le soutien d'Aline Foriel-Destezet, mécène principale des opéras mis en scène au Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

    Dialogue avec Denise Duval

    « Denise Duval représente exactement ce que j’aurais voulu être si j’avais été femme ! » Denise Duval, muse et double féminin de Francis Poulenc

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