Cycle Bizet, ‘l'oiseau rebelle’

& le Docteur Miracle

L’Arlésienne: a musical tale by Georges Bizet for narrator, vocal ensemble and orchestra, after Alphonse Daudet’s drama of the same name. Text by Hervé Lacombe.

Le Docteur Miracle: a one-act opéra-comique by Georges Bizet, libretto by Léon Battu and Ludovic Halévy, first performed at the Bouffes-Parisiens on 9 April 1857.
Symphonic Music Operetta
© Loïc Le Gall
L’Arlésienne began as a short story by Alphonse Daudet, published in the daily newspaper L’Événement in August 1866, and later included in his Lettres de mon moulin (1869). It was inspired by the suicide of a nephew of the Provençal poet Frédéric Mistral as a consequence of unrequited love. Daudet himself adapted the story for the stage: it became a play in three acts and five tableaux, with incidental music by Bizet. Hervé Lacombe has now created a text, spoken by a narrator, telling the story of L’Arlésienne more concisely, while enabling us to hear the full score of the work for chorus and orchestra.

Le Docteur Miracle was written for an opera competition organised in 1856 by Jacques Offenbach. Candidates were to set the one-act libretto of Le Docteur Miracle. Georges Bizet, aged barely twenty, was awarded first prize jointly with Charles Lecocq. Rather surprising in Bizet’s operatic career, this one-act farce reveals his comic talent.


Fri 4 October 2024
Grand Théâtre de Tours, Tours
Sun 6 October 2024
Grand Théâtre de Tours, Tours


Marc Leroy-Calatayud conductor

Pierre Lebon regia, scene e costumi
Garance Coquart assistant stage director
Bertand Killy lights
Thomas Tacquet vocal conductor

Laurette Dima Bawab
Véronique Heloïse Mas
Le Capitaine Silvio Kaëlig Boché
Le Podestat Florent Karrer
Balthazar Eddie Chignara
L’Assistant du Docteur Miracle / L’Innocent Pierre Lebon
Mitifio / Frédéri Aurélien Bednarek
Rose / Vivette Iris Florentiny
Staged version
Co-production Opéra de Tours / Théâtre du Châtelet / Opéra de Rouen Normandie / Bru Zane France / Opéra de Lausanne (for Le Docteur Miracle)
Delegated production Bru Zane France
Sets made by the workshops of the Opéra de Tours
Costumes made by the workshops of the Opéra de Tours and the Opéra de Rouen Normandie
L’Arlésienne: score published by Choudens
Le Docteur Miracle: score published by Hugh MacDonald © Fishergate Music