Touring production

La Vie parisienne

Opéra-bouffe in five acts by Jacques Offenbach on a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, first performed on 31 October 1866 at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal (Paris). Complete original version of 1866.
Opera Light Music
The Palazzetto Bru Zane and its partners present an opportunity to discover the early version of La Vie parisienne as originally conceived by Offenbach. In the autumn of 1866, faced with the limited capacities of the Palais-Royal troupe, better actors than they were singers, the master of operetta had to scale down his ambitions. Preparations for the run of performances turned out to be a chaotic process of cuts and rewrites: ‘The rehearsals of La Vie parisienne are driving me almost insane’, the librettist Ludovic Halévy wrote a few days before the premiere. Against all the odds, the revised operetta was an immense success and its authors were soon cured of their disappointment at not having been able to hear the piece they had dreamt of. However, hitherto unexplored sources now permit us to restore this initial version of the immortal success of French operetta. Two new acts feature completely unknown pieces of music. The pre-censorship libretto and forgotten variants offer a different angle on some of the most famous numbers. A previously unheard Vie parisienne, which yet retains the charm of the work and includes the numbers that have made its reputation.

Director’s Note

Note d'intention
Français
Rouen Tours Paris

Dates

Sun 7 November 2021
16.00
Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen INFO
Tue 9 November 2021
20.00
Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen INFO
Wed 10 November 2021
20.00
Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen INFO
Fri 12 November 2021
20.00
Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen INFO
Sat 13 November 2021
18.00
Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen INFO
Fri 3 December 2021
20.00
Opéra de Tours, Tours INFO
Sun 5 December 2021
15.00
Opéra de Tours, Tours INFO
Tue 7 December 2021
20.00
Opéra de Tours, Tours INFO
Tue 21 December 2021
19.30
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris INFO
Wed 22 December 2021
19.30
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris INFO
Thu 23 December 2021
19.30
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris INFO
Sun 26 December 2021
17.00
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris INFO
Mon 27 December 2021
19.30
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris INFO
Tue 28 December 2021
19.30
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris INFO
Wed 29 December 2021
19.30
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris INFO
Thu 30 December 2021
19.30
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris INFO
Fri 31 December 2021
19.30
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris INFO
Sun 2 January 2022
17.00
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris INFO
Tue 4 January 2022
19.30
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris INFO
Wed 5 January 2022
19.30
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris INFO
Thu 6 January 2022
19.30
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris INFO
Fri 7 January 2022
19.30
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris INFO
Sat 8 January 2022
19.30
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris INFO
Sun 9 January 2022
17.00
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris INFO

Performers

Romain Dumas conductor
Christian Lacroix stage direction, sets and costumes
Laurent Delvert staging collaborator
Romain Gilbert staging collaborator
Philippine Ordinaire assistant of set design
Michel Ronvaux costume assistant
Glyslein Lefever choreography
Mikael Fau choreography assistant
Bertrand Couderc lighting

Gabrielle Jodie Devos / Florie Gauthier-Valiquette
Gardefeu Rodolphe Briand / Flannan Obé
Bobinet Marc Mauillon / Laurent Deleuil
Le Baron Marc Labonnette / Franck Leguérinel
La Baronne Sandrine Buendia / Marion Grange
Métella Aude Extrémo / Éléonore Pancrazi
Le Brésilien / Gontran / Frick Éric Huchet / Damien Bigourdan
Urbain / Alfred Philippe Estèphe / Laurent Kubla
Pauline Elena Galitskaya
Clara Louise Pingeot
Bertha Marie Kalinine
Madame de Quimper-Karadec Ingrid Perruche
Joseph / Alphonse / Prosper Carl Ghazarossian
Madame de Folle-Verdure Caroline Meng
Fully staged production
Co-production Bru Zane France / Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège / Opéra de Rouen Normandie / Théâtre des Champs-Élysées / Opéra de Tours / Opéra de Limoges / Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie / Palazzetto Bru Zane
Sets and costumes made by the workshops of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Joint realisation Bru Zane France / Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Published by the Palazzetto Bru Zane

Our scores Scores list

2.1.2.1./2.2 (cnts).1.0./timp.+perc./strings
Opéra-bouffe in 5 acts
Orchestral score / orchestral parts / reduction for voice and piano
About 3'15 min.
Palazzetto Bru Zane (February 2021)
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