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La Périchole

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Château de Versailles: Royal Opera HousePlace d’Armes Entrance at the Gate of Honour, Paris, Île-de-France, 78000, France
December 19 20:00, December 20 20:00, December 21 19:00, December 22 15:00
Performers
Marc MinkowskiConductor
Romain GilbertDirector
Mathieu CrescenceSet Designer, Costume Designer
Aude ExtrémoMezzo-sopranoLa Périchole
Stanislas de BarbeyracTenorPiquillo
Alexandre DuhamelBassDon Andrès de Ribeira
Éric HuchetTenorDon Miguel de Panatellas
Anas SéguinBaritoneDon Pedro de Hinoyosa
Sebastian MontiTenorThe Marquis de Tarapote
Chœur de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux
Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble

Year 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Offenbach’s birth, German by birth, he became French by personal order of Napoleon III; all of France danced and sang to his music under the Second Empire. In 1868, he composed a new score for Meilhac and Halévy’s quite risqué libretto: La Périchole would soon meet with great success. The street singer and her lover Piquillo become the Viceroy of Peru’s playthings: charmed by the Perichole, he makes her his “lady-in-waiting” while his steward recruits Piquillo to marry the prince’s future favourite to save appearances: the (drunk) lovers are married without knowing!

Misunderstandings and twists and turns abound to sparkling music and end with the triumph of love and buffoonery. Marc Minkowski is a staunch Offenbach champion and will conduct the evening with his usual energy, in a staging by Romain Gilbert.

Surtitles in French and English

© Vincent Bengold
© Vincent Bengold
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