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Molière: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

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From wed. 19th to sun. 23rd of June 2019
3h with intermission


Compagnie Jérôme Deschamps

Jérôme Deschamps Director 
Félix Deschamps Stage sets
Vanessa Sannino Costumes
Natalie van Parys Choregraphy
François Menou Lights
Sophie Bricaire, Damien Lefèvre Director assistants
Cécile Kretschmar Wigs
Sylvie Châtillon Accessories
Isabelle Neveux Stage sets assistant
Karelle Durand Costumes assistant
Lucie Lecarpentier Costumes workshop manager
Eric Proust Technical director

Jérôme Deschamps Monsieur Jourdain
Flore Babled (en alternance)
Jean-Claude Bolle Reddat
Sébastien Boudrot
Vincent Debost,
Pauline Deshons
Aurélien Gabrielli
Pauline Gardel (en alternance)
Guillaume Laloux
Josiane Stoleru
Pauline Tricot

With soloists and Académie des Musiciens du Louvre, in partnership swith the Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye and the CRR of Paris, and the conductors (alternately) : 
Marc Minkowski 
Conductor (June 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd)
Thibault Noally 
Direction (June 23rd)

Sandrine Buendia Soprano
Paco Garcia Counter-tenor
Lisandro Nesis Tenor
Jérôme Varnier Bass

Anna Chirescu (en alternance)
Pierre Guilbault
Maya Kawatake Pinon
Léna Pinon Lang (en alternance)
Antonin Vanlangendonck


The Bourgeois gentilhomme, Molière and Lully’s colourful masterpiece, returns to the Royal Opera of Versailles in a new production!

In this comedy-ballet performed before Louis XIV, the two Jean-Baptistes trace an acid and farcical portrait of a character that the court can only mock: a bourgeois aping court manners…He is soon caught up in his own trap, all his schemes fail as soon as they have been set up and the arranged marriage he wants to impose on his daughter turns into Turkish ceremony that has forever marked the history of theatre!

But make no mistake: Monsieur Jourdain is such a successful caricature of the courtiers of his time, that they end up laughing as much at their own idiosyncrasies as at his…His music and theatre masters, so close to the king, give the latter the occasion to laugh at all the decorum perfectly orchestrated around and by him. The power of this work remains intact today, because Molière’s skillful writing makes us hang on the bourgeois’ every word, whether he improvises himself as an interpreter of Turkish or discovers the marvels of vowels and consonants…

Jérôme Deschamps indulgently embarks on this adventure and inspires his actors to reveal the comic and tragic depths of this monument of theatre and propel it to absurdity. "All that is prose is not verse; and all that is verse is not prose!"

The Compagnie Jérôme Deschamps thanks Richard Peduzzi.

Production: Compagnie Jérôme Deschamps
Coproduction: Opéra Royal - Château de Versailles Spectacles, Printemps des Comédiens, Opéra Comique Paris, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Théâtre de Caen,  Célestins – Théâtre de Lyon


Molière (1622-1673)
Lully (1632-1687)
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Comédie-ballet un five acts, created in 1670 at Chambord.

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