• Season 2023-2024
  • Opera
  • Opera
  • Festival


  • An opera by
    • Sebastian Rivas
  • Text of
    • Nina Bouraoui
  • Musical director
    • Rut Schereiner
  • Stage director

World premiere

  • Dates Mar 17 - Mar 23, 2024
  • Rates From 14€ to 27€
  • Location Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse
  • Running Time 1h15 with no interval

In a few words

The story of Sylvie Meyer, an ordinary woman from our current era suddenly gone crazy. One day, Sylvie throws away all the rules she had always dutifully followed. This must-see piece created by Sébastien Rivas was adapted from the novel by Nina Bouraoui and directed by Richard Brunel.

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    Otages - Entretien avec Richard Brunel, metteur en scène


Sylvie Meyer, “an ordinary woman” as Nina Bouraoui says, gave her name to the novel this show was adapted from. Sylvie has fulfilled the expectations set by her class for 53 years; her duties as a wife, mother and employee are seemingly the core of her whole identity. Then one day, one of her boss’ requests stir up a storm within her, and the barriers erected for years break, leading to a violent yet liberating gesture. Sebastian Rivas, the co-director of GRAME, a French National Center for Musical Creation, and of the Biennale des Musiques Exploratoires, was chosen by Richard Brunel to write the music. To do so, Rivas leaned on the heroine’s social context. The employees of her team, who Sylvie fondly refers to as “her bees”, are embodied by ten musicians with a vocal component, while a baritone plays all the men in Sylvie’s life. Sylvie’s character unfolds through her speaking voice, which often includes musical fragments, alliterations, symmetry and echoes, and her mezzo-soprano singing voice. The whole piece is supported by microphones, recordings, amplification, digital techniques, all gathered at the service of show quality.


In French

Based on the novel of the same name by Nina Bouraoui
World premiere

New production
Coproduction Opéra de Lyon, Grame-CNCM Lyon as part of the Biennale des Musiques Exploratoires With the support of Fondation François Jerez / Fondation de France
Corealisation Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse

With the support of Aline Foriel-Destezet,major patron of the Festival

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