Touring production

Les P'tites Michu

by André Messager
Operetta Light Music
Two little girls, one of high birth, the other of more modest origins, mixed up in their bath; a planned marriage; the first pangs of love and a few intrigues . . . On an amusing narrative framework, Messager skilfully wove a nimble, joyful score, as graceful as it is invigorating. Beneath the superficial facility of a style that sometimes recalls Lecocq, the composer’s sureness of touch is expressed in all its plenitude. If the straightforward, elegant melodies are immediately attractive, it is the harmonisation and instrumentation that give them their full value. Les P’tites Michu was an overnight success after its premiere at the Bouffes-Parisiens on 16 November 1897. The cast included two big stars of the Parisian stage in the title roles, Alice Bonheur (Marie-Blanche) and Odette Dulac (Blanche-Marie). Every number in the score quickly became a ‘hit song’, notably the duet ‘Blanche-Marie et Marie-Blanche’. After a run more than 150 performances, the work toured the provinces and was subsequently staged outside France; it even ended up becoming a Broadway musical twenty years later.


Fri 27 November 2020
Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen
Sun 29 November 2020
Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen
Tue 1 December 2020
Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen


Jordan Gudefin conductor

Rémy Barché stage director
assisted by Alix Fournier-Pittaluga
Salma Bordes set design
Oria Steenkiste costumes
Florent Jacob light design
Marianne Tricot illustrations
Stéphane Bordonaro video
Antoine Reibre sound

Marie-Blanche Violette Polchi
Blanche-Marie Anne-Aurore Cochet
Mlle Herpin Ingrid Perruche
Gaston Timothée Varon
Général des Ifs Jean-Baptiste Dumora
Monsieur Michu Damien Bigourdan
Madame Michu Marie Lenormand
Aristide Artavazd Sargsyan
Bagnolet Olivier Naveau
Coproduzione Bru Zane France / Compagnie Les Brigands / Angers Nantes Opéra
Scene e costumi realizzati dagli atelier di Angers Nantes Opéra
Prima rappresentazione domenica 13 maggio 2018 a Nantes (Francia) al Théùtre Graslin
Edizioni Choudens in collaborazione con il Palazzetto Bru Zane

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1+picc.1.2.1./ choir/strings
Operetta in 3 acts - Soloists, choir and orchestra
Orchestral score / orchestral parts / facsimile reduction for voice and piano
About 2h30
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