Émirats arabes unis / 2007-2011
© Philippe Chancel
The Nightingale and other short fables
Opera As a family
- Opéra de Lyon
2 hours 10 minutes
whose1 intermission (s) 35 min
- In Russian
To mark the 50th anniversary of Stravinsky's death, the Opéra de Lyon is reviving its production of The Nightingale, one of his classic works. The piece, unlike any other in the composer's musical universe, is further enhanced by a breathtaking production featuring marionettes.
A wonderful nightingale is invited to sing at the Emperor of China’s court. However, the emperor decides he prefers a mechanical bird. Devastated, the nightingale flees the court. Then the emperor's health begins to fail and no cure can be found. The nightingale returns and saves the emperor’s life. He now sings every night until dawn.
A work of two parts
Stravinsky composed this adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen story in both Russia and Switzerland, though in the Russian style. It is a work of two parts: calm and bucolic at the outset, later becoming more energetic with innovative rhythm patterns. Robert Lepage’s staging is enchanting. The Quebec-based director gives us an aquatic puppet show (with 75 marionettes!), inspired by Asian tradition and performed by singer/puppeteers. A spectacular staging that transforms the orchestra pit into a lake! This lyric fairytale will be preceded by a series of shorter pieces, moving from the miniature (Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet, Pribaoutki, Berceuses du chat, Two Poems of Konstantin Balmont and Four Russian Peasant Songs) to chamber orchestra (Ragtime) and finally to "sung action” (The Fox), alternating between popular style and jazz rhythms.
Revival of the 2010 Opera de Lyon production
A co-production with the Canadian Opera Company of Toronto and the Nederlandse Opera of Amsterdam
In collaboration with Ex Machina, Quebec
Conception des marionnettes
Chorégraphie des marionnettes
Costumes, perruques et maquillages
Conception des ombres chinoises
Ténor 1 (Renard)
Andrea Ciacci, Andréanne Joubert, Noam Markus, Wellesley Robertson, Martin Vaillancourt, Desmond Osborne
Orchestre et chœurs de l'Opéra de Lyon