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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.
© Marc Ginot - Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie
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.


Sun 15 December 2024
Opéra Comédie, Montpellier
Tue 17 December 2024
Opéra Comédie, Montpellier
Fri 20 December 2024
Opéra Comédie, Montpellier
Sun 22 December 2024
Opéra Comédie, Montpellier


Victor Jacob musical director

Olivier Fredj stage director
Anouk Viale choreography
Jean Lecointre artistic director
Malika Chauveau sets and costumes
Nathalie Perrier lighting

Fantasia Sheva Tehoval
Flamma / Adja Jennifer Michel
La Reine Popotte Marie Lenormand
Le Prince Caprice Marie Perbost
Le Roi V’lan Florent Karrer
Quipasseparla Yoann Le Lan
Microscope Carl Ghazarossian
Cosmos Thibaut Desplantes
Cactus Christophe Poncet de Solages
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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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