Touring production

Maison à vendre by Dalayrac

Live Concert
Maison à vendre was premiered at the Opéra-Comique (Salle Favart) on 23 October 1800. This small-scale, one-act, work called for only five characters, without a chorus. The vocal parts showcased the company’s star performers, particularly the tenor Huet and the baritone Martin. The former was noted for his flamboyant delivery while the latter paved the way for the high baritones of the Romantic movement. He was at the pinnacle of his vocal abilities when Dalayrac’s opera was premiered. Dalayrac employed restrained orchestral forces which were still classical in many respects. However, the C major overture – a brilliant, acrobatic piece with virtuosic passages of quaver triplets – makes it very obvious that the composer intends to use the full acoustic and virtuoso potential of his orchestra. The arias are outnumbered by the ensembles, which are more dramatic since they follow the course of the action. Duets, trios and quartets are largely written in fast tempi, enabling the score to drive the plot forward apace. In fact, Dalayrac never lost sight of the fact that an opéra-comique was primarily a dramatic work. Performed in Paris and in the provinces for a good few decades, Maison à vendre was given a highly acclaimed revival in 1874, at the Théâtre de la Gaîté, and had no qualms about competing with the new genre of musical comedy as late as 1922, in a renowned production at the Trianon-Lyrique.
Reims Chaumont

Dates

Fri 9 November 2018
10.00
Opéra de Reims, Reims
Fri 9 November 2018
14.30
Opéra de Reims, Reims
Sat 10 November 2018
20.30
Opéra de Reims, Reims
Tue 27 November 2018
20.30
Salle des Fêtes, Chaumont

Performers

COMPAGNIE LES MONTS DU REUIL Pauline Warnier and Hélène Clerc-Murgier musical direction Constance Larrieu director Camille Vallat stage design and costumes Pierre Daubigny lighting design Lise Pauline Sikirdji Madame Dorval Hélène Babu Dermont David Ghilardi Versac Jean-François Lombard Le Voisin Didier Girauldon
Production Bru Zane France Executive Production Compagnie Les Monts du Reuil Co-production Opéra de Reims / Festival de Saint-Céré Sets by the ateliers of the Opéra de Reims Costumes by the Festival de Saint-Céré