Touring production

Le Voyage dans la Lune

Opéra-féerie in 4 acts and 23 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.
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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.
Rouen Massy Metz Reims Avignon Neuchâtel


Fri 4 November 2022
Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen
Sun 6 November 2022
Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen
Tue 8 November 2022
Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen
Fri 9 December 2022
Opéra de Massy, Massy
Sun 11 December 2022
Opéra de Massy, Massy
Sat 4 March 2023
Opéra de Metz, Metz
Sun 5 March 2023
Opéra de Metz, Metz
Sat 11 March 2023
Opéra de Reims, Reims
Sun 12 March 2023
Opéra de Reims, Reims
Fri 24 March 2023
Opéra Grand Avignon, Avignon
Sun 26 March 2023
Opéra Grand Avignon, Avignon
Sun 2 April 2023
Théâtre du Passage, Neuchâtel


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

Maud Morillon, Florimond Plantier assistants of stage direction

Caprice Violette Polchi, Héloïse Mas*
Fantasia Sheva Tehoval, Jeanne Crousaud*
V'lan Matthieu Lécroart
Microscope Éric Vignau, Raphaël Brémard*
Cosmos Thibaut Desplantes, Erick Freulon*
Cactus Christophe Poncet de Solages
Popotte Marie Lenormand, Cécile Galois, Aurélia Legay*
Flamma Jennifer Michel, Ludivine Gombert*
Quipasseparla Kaëlig Boché

Dancers - acrobats Fanny Rouyé, Aurélie Mignon, Cameron Bida, Pierre Boileau-Sanchez, Davide Bonetti, Julien Desfonds, Édouard Gameiro

*variable cast
Co-production Génération Opéra / Opéra Grand Avignon / Clermont Auvergne Opéra / Théâtre Impérial - Opéra de Compiègne / Opéra de Limoges / Opéra national de Lorraine / Opéra de Marseille / Opéra de Massy / Opéra de Metz Métropole / Opéra Orchestre national 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 / Théâtre du Passage, Neuchâtel / Palazzetto Bru Zane
With the support of Caisse des Dépôts, Ministère de la Culture and Fondation Orange
In collaboration with France Musique
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Fantasia (soprano colorature): ariette « Je suis nerveuse »
Orchestral score / orchestral parts / reduction for voice and piano
About 2'30 min.
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