Rémy Mathieu Blondel
Pierre Derhet 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 Madame Mathurin
Charles Barbier Sénéchal
Laura Jarrell Colette
Virginie Lefèvre Béatrix
Le Ballet de l’Opéra Royal
Le Concert Spirituel Choir and orchestra
Hervé Niquet Conductor
Marshall Pynkoski Director
Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg Choreography
Antoine Fontaine Stage sets
Camille Assaf Costumes
Hervé Gary Lighting design
Show surtitled in French and English
Opéra-comique in three acts on a libretto by Michel-Jean Sedaine, created in Paris in 1784.
Production Opéra Royal de Versailles 2019 - Resumption
A King imprisoned, his knights who want to free him and sing their loyalty to him, a famous aria "Ô Richard, Ô mon Roi" sung in the Opéra Royal by Louis XVI's bodyguards at their banquet on 1 October 1789, to greet Marie-Antoinette and the King, unleashing the crowd's vindictiveness and bringing them to Versailles, which forced the royal family to leave the château on 6 October, never to return... This was the end of Versailles and its Opéra Royal. Here is the revival on stage of Grétry's famous Richard Coeur de Lion (1784), the most famous 18th century French comic opera in Europe for a century... and absent from the stage for decades!
Hervé Niquet and Marshall Pynkoski undertake this doubly historical task. This project deliberately places the action in the reign of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, with whom Grétry's opera heroes were easily identified at the time: Grétry was, moreover, a familiar figure at the Opéra Royal since the performance of Céphale et Procris in 1773. The sets are in the style of the painted canvases and frames typical of the construction of the Opéra Royal, the costumes are those of pre-revolutionary France (and no longer of the Middle Ages of the creation), and the staging gives voice to Sedaine's rich text, which soon became famous.
If Grétry was Marie-Antoinette's favourite composer, his "Richard" is at the same time the culmination of a career, the announcement of an artistic style that Romanticism would capture, but also the powerful historical marker of a dying era. This an opportunity to bring the opera back into the great history of Versailles and France. And here is also the first complete production of the Royal Opera of Versailles since 1789!
Production Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles
Coproduction Le Concert Spirituel, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles
The Centre de musique baroque de Versailles made its collection of sets available. Separate parts produced by the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles according to the Breitkopf edition.
Created in 2019 with the exceptional support of ADOR.
Available in the discographic collection of Château de Versailles Spectacles' label.
Thursday November 11th share "15 minutes with" at 18h30. Upon presentation of your ticket for that evening and within the limits of available seats.
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PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY: Best seats with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.
PRESTIGE CATEGORY: Excellent seats with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.
REDUCED RATE applicable to under 26s, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders, the Cercle of Rameau members and groups of more than 10 people (excluding special company offer).
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Behind the scenes interviews (in French) :