8th Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane Paris

V'lan dans l'œil

Opéra-bouffe in three acts, music and libretto by Hervé, premiered at the Théâtre des Folies-Dramatiques, Paris, on 12 October 1867.
Operetta Light Music Théâtre du Châtelet
Originally entitled L’Œil crevé, V’lan dans l’œil enjoyed great success in its time, as is attested by the many editions of the libretto and vocal score. In the course of its three extended acts, the work introduces a gallery of different characters, each zanier than the last. The quartet sung by the two sopranos (Dindonnette and Fleur-de-Noblesse) and the two tenors (Alexandrivore and Ernest) is noteworthy for its particularly demanding vocal writing. In this regard, V’lan dans l’œil is probably the work in which Hervé comes closest to the old opéra-comique of Hérold et Auber, and the musical style shies away neither from long-breathed Italianate cantabili nor from expressive, theatrical harmonies. Both libretto and music can justifiably be said to show Hervé at the peak of his powers as a composer whose surrealist comic style was truly avant-garde. This piece is, after all, about a princess who has received an arrow in the eye during an archery contest and who only finds her condition upsetting because it makes her less desirable. The same princess, a carpentry enthusiast, exclaims: ‘I don’t give two hoots about their choice of husband for me, so long as he’s good with a plane!’


Wed 16 June 2021
Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris
Thu 17 June 2021
Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris
Fri 18 June 2021
Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris
Sat 19 June 2021
Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris
Sun 20 June 2021
Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris
Tue 22 June 2021
Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris
Wed 23 June 2021
Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris


Christophe Grapperon conductor
Pierre-André Weitz stage direction, sets and costumes
Victoria Duhamel assistant of stage direction
Pierre Lebon assistant of set design
Mathieu Crescence costume assistant
Ivanka Moizan choreography
Bertrand Killy lighting and stage management
Ingrid Chevalier floor manager
Nathalie Bègue dressing

Dindonnette Lara Neumann
Fleur-de-Noblesse Ingrid Perruche
La Marquise Olivier Py
Éclosine Sandrine Sutter
Mariette Clémentine Bourgoin
Françoise Sophie Calmel
La Sentinelle Alma Villard
Alexandrivore Damien Bigourdan
Géromé Pierre Lebon
Le Bailli Jean-Damien Barbin
Le Marquis Flannan Obé
Ernest David Ghilardi
Chavassus Antoni Sykopoulos, Julien Mercier
Roussin Sévag Tachdjian
Le Duc d’en Face Pierre-André Weitz
Delegated production Bru Zane France
Co-production Bru Zane France / Opéra National de Bordeaux / Opéra de Limoges
Sets and costumes made by the workshops of the Opéra National de Bordeaux
Scores published by the Palazzetto Bru Zane
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