Reinoud Van Mechelen Titon
Gwendoline Blondeel Aurora
Emmanuelle de Negri Palès
Marc Mauillon Eole
Ana Vieira Leite Love
Renato Dolcini Prometheus
Virginie Thomas*, Maud Gnidzaz*, Juliette Perret* Nymphs
Valentin Arnoux, Coline Fouilhé, David Girondin Moab, Cristina Iosif, Sylvain Menard, Diana-Elizabeth Neva Jaramillo, Candice Picaud, Philippe Rodriguez-Jorda Puppeteers
Les Arts Florissants Choir and Orchestra
William Christie Conductor
Basil Twist Director, sets, costumes, puppets
Daniel Brodie Video design
Jean Kalman Lighting
Constance Larrieu Artistic collaborator to direction
Alain Blanchot Costumes assistant
Benoît Hartoin* Vocal leader
*artists members of the Arts Florissants
Show in French surtitled in French and in English
A magnificent score that doesn't leave a moment's respite, an unrestrained conductor for this work full of colours and twists and turns, Mondonville's Apollonian signature, Basil Twist's sparkling staging and his puppets of all sizes, nothing is missing from this production to make your eyes open wide and amaze your ears!
This 1753 opera-ballet is an absolute success in the director's humorous and poetic vision, supported by a flourishing cast and Mondonville's verve, which William Christie transfigures at the head of his musical forces. A protégé of Madame de Pompadour, Mondonville was already famous for his irresistible Grands Motets and at the height of his art: here he summons the splendour of French opera, the incredible colours of his Rameau-style orchestration and the gems of Italian style, to charm to the highest degree. Here is a masterpiece of lightness, elegance and expressiveness, in which voices and orchestra constantly compete in invention and surprises, for an absolute musical treasure. Here is a masterpiece of lightness, elegance and expressiveness, in which voices and orchestra constantly compete in invention and surprises, for a musical gem that is more exciting than ever! Mondonville, a musical genius and incorrigible charmer, has found here the magnificent embodiment of his talents to transform a divine sheepfold into a supercharged spectacle!
This new production is made possible thanks to the exceptional support of the ADOR - The Friends of the Royal Opera.
Royal OperaMore info
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).
To ensure the best welcome possible, people with limited mobility are advised to book their seats by telephone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89.
In case of any technical problem, the box office service remain available to complete your order by phone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89 (Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm) or in our box office-shop (3 bis rue des Réservoirs, 78000 Versailles ; Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm, and on Saturdays with concerts or shows except during the Musical Fountains Shows, from 2pm to 5pm).