Les Bouffes de Bru Zane

Le Docteur Miracle

Opéra-comique in one act by Charles Lecocq, to a libretto by Léon Battu and Ludovic Halévy, premiered at the Bouffes-Parisiens on 8 April 1857.
Operetta Light Music Opéra de Tours
A few months after the opening of the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, Jacques Offenbach organised a competition for composers, announced to great fanfare in July 1856. This publicity stunt for the composer’s theatre also reflected his aesthetic aims: the rules, widely publicised in the press, were introduced by an ambitious programmatic text evoking the glorious history of French opéra-comique and demanding that light music genres should continue to enjoy special standing in Paris. The finalists were invited to write the score for a set libretto: Le Docteur Miracle. The subject fell completely within the tradition of 18th-century French opéra-comique: a young soldier disguises himself to win the hand of Laurette, daughter of the Mayor of Padua. In retrospect, the prize-winners chosen demonstrated the insight of the judges and the value of Offenbach’s initiative: in joint first place were Georges Bizet and Charles Lecocq, two composers destined to become leading figures in French opera in the latter half of the 19th century. Although Bizet’s work is now regularly performed, audiences were yet to rediscover Lecocq’s opera, which will be presented in a particularly vibrant production by young director, Pierre Lebon.

Dates

Thu 26 September 2019
20.00
Studio Marigny, Paris
Fri 27 September 2019
20.00
Studio Marigny, Paris
Sat 28 September 2019
20.00
Studio Marigny, Paris
Sun 29 September 2019
17.00
Studio Marigny, Paris
Fri 4 October 2019
20.00
Opéra de Saint-Étienne, Saint-Etienne
Thu 12 December 2019
14.30
Opéra de Tours, Tours
Fri 13 December 2019
10.00
Opéra de Tours, Tours
Fri 13 December 2019
14.30
Opéra de Tours, Tours
Sat 14 December 2019
20.00
Opéra de Tours, Tours

Performers

Le Podestat Laurent Deleuil Le Capitaine Silvio David Ghilardi Véronique, femme du Podestat Lara Neumann Laurette, fille du Podestat Makeda Monnet Assistant du Docteur Miracle Pierre Lebon Martin Surot piano Pierre Lebon directions, scenes and costumes Bertrand Killy light design
Coproduzione Bru Zane France / Opéra de Tours / Opéra de Saint-Étienne
In corealizzazione con il Théâtre Marigny
Scene e costumi realizzati dagli atelier dell’Opéra de Tours
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