Touring production

Le Voyage dans la lune

Opéra-féerie in four acts and twenty-three tableaux, music by Jacques Offenbach, libretto by Albert Vanloo, Eugène Leterrier and Arnold Mortier (after Jules Verne), premiered at the Théâtre de la Gaîté, Paris on 26 October 1875 and revived at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, on 31 March 1877.
Opera Light Music
The libretto of this ‘opéra-féerie’ is inspired by the works of Jules Verne, especially De la Terre à la Lune and Voyage au centre de la Terre. The novelist actually complained to his publisher about the numerous similarities between the storyline of Le Voyage dans la Lune and his own works. The librettists Vanloo, Leterrier and Mortier wanted to capitalise on the popularity of Verne’s novels, which had given rise to some very well-received adaptations, and on the Parisian liking for the féerie (extravaganza) genre, which hinged in particular on impressive stage effects. The highlight of Le Voyage dans la lune in this respect was probably the appearance on stage of a mehari camel, borrowed from the Jardin d’Acclimatation. However, spectators also found the sets by the painters Cornil, Fromont and Cheret very impressive, with their realistic replicas of the Paris Observatory, a blast furnace and an erupting volcano, and their representations of imaginary places such as a lunar landscape, a glass palace and mother-of-pearl tunnels. Last but not least, the presence of substantial choral forces and ballets lent this work the full range of spectacle available to an operatic production of the Second Empire.
Marseille Nice Limoges Vichy Clermont-Ferrand Compiègne

Dates

Sun 26 December 2021
Opéra de Marseille, Marseille
Wed 29 December 2021
Opéra de Marseille, Marseille
Fri 31 December 2021
Opéra de Marseille, Marseille
Sun 2 January 2022
Opéra de Marseille, Marseille
Tue 4 January 2022
Opéra de Marseille, Marseille
Sun 13 February 2022
Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, Nice
Tue 15 February 2022
Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, Nice
Thu 17 February 2022
Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, Nice
Wed 9 March 2022
Opéra de Limoges, Limoges
Fri 11 March 2022
Opéra de Limoges, Limoges
Sun 13 March 2022
Opéra de Limoges, Limoges
Sun 20 March 2022
Opéra de Vichy, Vichy
Sun 27 March 2022
Opéra de Clermont-Ferrand, Clermont-Ferrand
Sun 3 April 2022
Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, Compiègne

Performers

OPÉRA DE MONTPELLIER CHOIR & ORCHESTRA
Pierre Dumoussaud, Chloé Dufresne conductors

Mathieu Pordoy responsible for musical studies
Olivier Fredj director
Anouk Viale choreography
Jean Lecointre artistic direction
Malika Chauveau set design and costumes
Nathalie Perrier lighting

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Flamma / Adja Jennifer Michel, Ludivine Gombert, Chloé Chaume
*variable cast

DURATION: 2:10 without intermission
Co-production Centre Français de Promotion Lyrique / Opéra Grand Avignon / Clermont Auvergne Opéra / Théâtre impérial de Compiègne / Opéra de Limoges / Opéra national de Lorraine / Opéra de Marseille / Opéra de Massy / Opéra de Metz Métropole / Opéra national de Montpellier Occitanie / Opéra de Nice Côte d’Azur / Opéra de Reims / Opéra de Rouen Normandie / Opéra de Toulon Provence Méditerranée / Opéra de Tours / Opéra de Vichy / Avant-Scène Opéra, Neuchâtel / Palazzetto Bru Zane
With the support of Caisse des Dépôts, du Ministère de la Culture and Fondation Orange
In collaboration with France Musique
Scores published by the Palazzetto Bru Zane

Recording for the 'French opera' series of the Bru Zane label
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