Touring production

Mam'zelle Nitouche by Hervé

Operetta
Even though it is not Hervé’s final composition, Mam’zelle Nitouche may be regarded as his musical testament, or at least his crowning achievement. The work, whose subject was based on the composer’s own life – a convent organist becomes a man of the theatre and composer of light music once night has fallen – skilfully blends the comic tone of the post-1870 period (as found in Lecocq, in particular), the spirit of café-concert revues and the breathless rhythm of the spoken theatre inherited from Labiche. Indeed, at its premiere in January 1883, the piece was entitled ‘comédie-vaudeville’, reflecting the central importance of its dramatic action, and the music was more specifically conceived to accompany witty comic ‘turns’ by soloists. The title role, in particular, is assigned a significant number of arias and duets to showcase the theatrical and vocal dynamism of Anna Judic, the first of a long series of stars to sing Mam’zelle Nitouche. The work’s success far surpassed Hervé’s hopes, and was prolonged in the twentieth century by a number of filmed adaptations, one of the last of which featured no less a star than Fernandel in the role of Célestin, originally played by Hervé himself. Mam’zelle Nitouche was translated into many languages, and is still present in the collective memory of older generations in Russia and Italy, for example.
Limoges Montpellier Rouen Tours Lausanne Avignon Toulouse Paris

Dates

Sun 7 October 2018
15.00
Opéra Théâtre de Limoges, Limoges
Tue 9 October 2018
20.00
Opéra Théâtre de Limoges, Limoges
Fri 23 November 2018
20.00
Salle Molière, Opéra de Montpellier, Montpellier
Sat 24 November 2018
20.00
Salle Molière, Opéra de Montpellier, Montpellier
Sun 25 November 2018
15.00
Salle Molière, Opéra de Montpellier, Montpellier
Fri 30 November 2018
20.00
Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen
Sat 1 December 2018
18.00
Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen
Sun 2 December 2018
16.00
Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen
Thu 27 December 2018
20.00
Opéra de Tours, Tours
Fri 28 December 2018
20.00
Opéra de Tours, Tours
Sun 30 December 2018
15.00
Opéra de Tours, Tours
Mon 31 December 2018
19.00
Opéra de Tours, Tours
Thu 10 January 2019
19.00
Opéra de Lausanne, Lausanne
Fri 11 January 2019
20.00
Opéra de Lausanne, Lausanne
Sun 13 January 2019
15.00
Opéra de Lausanne, Lausanne
Sat 16 March 2019
20.30
Opéra Confluence, Avignon
Sun 17 March 2019
14.30
Opéra Confluence, Avignon
Sat 11 May 2019
20.00
Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse
Sun 12 May 2019
15.00
Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse
Fri 17 May 2019
20.00
Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse
Sat 18 May 2019
20.00
Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse
Sun 19 May 2019
15.00
Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse
Fri 7 June 2019
20.00
Théâtre Marigny, Paris
Sun 9 June 2019
15.00
Théâtre Marigny, Paris
Mon 10 June 2019
20.00
Théâtre Marigny, Paris
Tue 11 June 2019
20.00
Théâtre Marigny, Paris
Wed 12 June 2019
20.00
Théâtre Marigny, Paris
Fri 14 June 2019
20.00
Théâtre Marigny, Paris
Sat 15 June 2019
20.00
Théâtre Marigny, Paris

Performers

Christophe Grapperon musical director Pierre-André Weitz stage director assisted by Victoria Duhamel Pierre-André Weitz scenes, costumes and makeup assisted by Pierre Lebon and Mathieu Crescence Bertrand Killy lights Iris Florentiny choreography assisted by Yacnoy Abreu Alfonso Antoni Sykopoulos coach master Ingrid Chevalier floor manager 7, 9 october 2018 avec l’ORCHESTRE DE L'OPÉRA DE LIMOGES 23, 24, 25 november 2018 avec le CHŒUR ET ORCHESTRE DE L’OPÉRA NATIONAL MONTPELLIER OCCITANIE 30 november, 1, 2 december 2018 with theORCHESTRE DE L’OPÉRA DE ROUEN NORMANDIE 27, 28, 30, 31 december 2018 with the CHŒUR DE L’OPÉRA DE TOURS ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE RÉGION CENTRE VAL DE LOIRE / TOURS 10, 11, 13 january 2019 with the CHŒUR DE L’OPÉRA DE LAUSANNE and theORCHESTRE DE CHAMBRE DE LAUSANNE 16, 17 march 2019 with the CHŒUR DE L’OPÉRA GRAND AVIGNON and theORCHESTRE RÉGIONAL AVIGNON-PROVENCE 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 may 2019 with the CHŒUR ET ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DU CAPITOLE 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 june 2019 with the FRIVOLITÉS PARISIENNES Denise de Flavigny / Mam'zelle Nitouche Lara Neumann Célestin / Floridor Damien Bigourdan / Matthieu Lécroart La Supérieure / Corinne Miss Knife Le Vicomte Fernand de Champlâtreux Samy Camps / Flannan Obé Le Major, comte de Château-Gibus Eddie Chignara / Philippe Girard Loriot Olivier Py La Tourière / Sylvia Sandrine Sutter Le Directeur de théâtre Antoine Philippot Lydie Clémentine Bourgoin Gimblette Ivanka Moizan Gustave, officier Pierre Lebon Robert, officier David Ghilardi Le Régisseur de scène Piero (alias Pierre-André Weitz)
Illustration © Mathieu Crescence / Pierre-André Weitz Production Bru Zane France Co-production Angers Nantes Opéra / Opéra de Toulon / Opéra de Limoges / Opéra de Rouen Normandie / Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie / Opéra de Tours / Opéra Grand Avignon / Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse Creative residency at Conservatoire Lully - Ville de Puteaux Costume made by the Angers Nantes Opéra's workshops Premiere on 13 October 2017 at the Opéra de Toulon Score edited by the Palazzetto Bru Zane Concert broadcast on December 9 at 8 p.m. on France Musique France Musique