Zylan ne chantera plus

© Jana Kiesser

Zylan ne chantera plus

Opera As a family

An opera by Diana Soh - Director : Richard Brunel

  • Théâtre du Point du Jour
  • 1 hour
  • In French
  • +14years

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Zylan ne chantera plus (Zylan won’t sing again): a monodrama for a single performer. An intimate examination of a character confronted with the violence of homophobia, his own fears, thoughts, and emotions, shared as closely as possible with the audience. First performed at the Théâtre du Point du Jour, this travelling show aims to attract new audiences from teenagers upwards.

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In an authoritarian country, homosexuality is considered a crime and harshly repressed. Thus Zylan, a young pop singer, is persecuted, pursued. When he disappears, his family begins to receive videos recorded in a free and democratic country where he is now supposed to be living happily, having arrived safe and sound. 

Universal reach 
Zylan is first and foremost a true story. That of a young homosexual singer who became a pop star in his country. Arrested then imprisoned, he eventually disappeared. Inspired by this story, Yann Verburgh wrote the text of the work, posing questions about homophobic hatred and the danger, sometimes fatal, it poses to its victims. The work, universal in scope, mixes spoken and sung voices and is directed by Richard Brunel. A singer-actor and three instruments - cello, guitar and percussion - bring this story to life from a score full of passion and imagination by Diana Soh, a creative musical force in the Ligeti tradition. Intended for all audiences from teenagers upwards, this committed opera denounces and echoes the violence suffered in various parts of our world by those whose sexual orientation is deemed to be dissident.

Zylan ne chantera plus will be presented by the Lyon Opera at the Théâtre du Point du Jour, and also, as part of this theatre’s Nomades season, in different parts of the city, the Greater Lyon area and towns and villages throughout the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.
November 15 → 28, 2021

Libretto by Yann Verburgh

World première
Compagnie Anonyme, DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Cité de la voix (Vézelay), Chant de Linos
A co-production with the Théâtre du Point du Jour


Production Designer

Stephan Zimmerli


Youness Anzane


Benjamin Alunni

Three musicians

Violoncelle, percussions, guitare électrique

Why we love it

This theme resonates strongly with current events.

Why we love it

Diana Soh, Yann Verburgh and Richard Brunel make this true story both political and poetic.

Why we love it

Zylan ne chantera plus, a travelling opera, will seek out a wider audience in the Greater Lyon area and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

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