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Grétry: Richard Lionheart

From October 10th to 13th 2019
1h30 without intermission

Cast

Rémy Mathieu Blondel
Reinoud Van Mechelen Richard
Melody Louledjian Laurette
Marie Perbost Antonio, The Countess
Geoffroy Buffière Sir Williams
Jean-Gabriel Saint-Martin Urbain, Florestan, Mathurin
François Pardailhé Guillot, Charles
Cécile Achille Mrs. Mathurin, Collette
Charles Barbier Sénéchal
Agathe Boudet Colette
Virginie Lefèvre Béatrix

Royal Opera Ballet
Le Concert Spirituel
Choir and orchestra
Hervé Niquet Musical conductor
Marshall Pynkoski Director
Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg Choregrapher
Antoine Fontaine Stage sets
Camille Assaf Costumes
Hervé Gary Lights
Géraldine Moreau-Geoffrey Fighting director
Charles Di Meglio Choreographer assistant

Presentation

NEW PRODUCTION

A king imprisoned, his knights come to the rescue pledging their loyalty in the famous tune “Ô Richard, Ô mon Roi”, intoned in the Royal Opera by Louis XVI’s Gardes du Corps during their banquet on October 1st 1789 to greet Marie-Antoinette and the King, unleashing the people’s wrath and bringing the angry crowds to Versailles, who then forced the royal family to leave the château on October 6th never to return…The end for Versailles and its Royal Opera. To celebrate its 250th anniversary, Grétry’s Richard Lionheart (1784), the most famous 18th century French comic opera in Europe for a century…and absent from the stage for decades, is returning to Versailles!

Hervé Niquet and Marshall Pynkoski are taking this historical task into their hands. Grétry was Marie-Antoinette’s favourite composer and his “Richard” is both the acme of his career and the harbinger of a style adopted by the romantics, and also a powerful symbol of the end of an era. An occasion to place the opera at the heart of the history of France and of Versailles. And the first full production of the Royal Opera of Versailles since 1789!


Coproduction Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles, Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles.

Le Centre de musique baroque de Versailles met à disposition son fonds de décors. Parties séparées réalisées par le Centre de musique baroque de Versailles d'après l'édition Breitkopf. 

Show in French with surtitles in French and English


PROGRAMME

André Grétry (1741–1813)
Richard Lionheart

Opera-comique in three acts on a libretto by Michel-Jean Sedaine, created in 1784 in Paris.

This concert is made possible by a generous support from the ADOR, the Friends of the Royal Opera.

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Richard Lionheart © Agathe Poupeney

Richard Lionheart © Agathe Poupeney

Richard Lionheart © Agathe Poupeney

Richard Lionheart © Agathe Poupeney

Richard Lionheart © Agathe Poupeney

Richard Lionheart © Agathe Poupeney

Richard Lionheart © Agathe Poupeney

Richard Lionheart © Agathe Poupeney

Richard Lionheart © Agathe Poupeney

Richard Lionheart © Agathe Poupeney

Richard Lionheart © Agathe Poupeney

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Video: Grétry, Richard Lionheart - Interview with the director Marshall Pynkoski

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