La fille de Madame Angot
Place Boieldieu - 75002 Paris
Capacity 1200 seats
2 h 15 min
For all audiences
In French with French and English surtitles
Highlights: La fille de Madame Angot
The French poet Paul Verlaine wrote in his memoirs that he could not sleep in prison because of Lecocq's songs, which were incessantly sung by his fellow inmates. This is just one example that shows the genius of Lecocq's music, and the impact that La fille de Madame Angot had on the audience of the time.
La fille de Madame Angot (translating to ‘Madame Angot’s Daughter’) now revived at the Opéra Comique, is a comic opera by Charles Lecocq, a French composer who was better known at the end of the 19th century by the name of Jacques Offenbach. This charming operetta tells the story of a complicated love affair between a street singer and a French nobleman – an utterly enchanting story guaranteed to make you laugh! From the the unlikely meeting of the two main characters and the challenges they must overcome to be together, to the colourful cast of secondary characters who elevate the story, this opéra-comique is full of unique elements that are sure to please.
Lecocq's music is catchy and bewitchingly memorable, with tunes and songs that stay in your head long after the performance is over. Don’t just take it from us – even Verlaine said so in his memoirs!
Where better to see this beloved piece of fiction than the fabled Opéra Comique in Paris? This marvel of architecture is a renowned venue, famed for its performances of operettas and other musical productions, and indubitably a highlight of any trip to Paris. Set against exceptional staging, a wondrously talented troupe of artists with magnificent voices shine in this gem of 19th century French theatre. A captivating story, lively music, unparalleled classic humour, and French spirit make Madame Angot’s Daughter a must-see masterpiece.
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Story: La fille de Madame Angot
Who is this fabled daughter of Madame Angot? Three acts are necessary to reveal the identity of our titular protagonist, her personality, and her misadventures…
This classically French operetta is above all a caricature of post-Revolution France. This work, which sparkles with classic French charm and modern lyricism, offers an unrivalled experience filled with pleasure and amusement for all. Come to the Opéra Comique for a chance to marvel and laugh at the adventures of Clairette, the daughter of Madame Angot.
In lively Paris, Clairette Angot, a young girl from Les Halles, is due to marry the wigmaker Pomponnet. However, not all is as it seems – despite her imminent marriage, she believes she loves the royalist songwriter Ange Pitou…! The latter is unfaithful to her, and is romantically involved with beloved actress Mlle Lange. Complicated romantic triangles and unrequited love galore – charming staples of classical French theatre!
Come and discover all these colourful characters, who all belong to different revolutionary groups. An intoxicating blend of history, comedy, and romance! We won't tell you more. Madame Angot's Daughter will present each unique character to you in their most comical light at the Opéra Comique - don’t miss out!
Would you like a little more than just a ticket to the show? To make your experience unforgettable, you can choose to extend the evening with an evening concert after the opera has finished. This is given by artists from the production or the Academy on the theme of the opera being performed. It lasts approximately 50 minutes. You will have the option to include the premium add-on during the reservation process.
The evening concerts are available on the following dates:
• Friday, September 29th, 2023
• Thursday, October 5th, 2023
Evening Concert Programme:
With Ludmilla Bouakkaz (soprano), Juliette Gauthier (mezzo-soprano), Heloïse Bertrand-Oleari (piano), directed by Sophie Planté and Barthélémy Fortier
Érik Satie: La diva de l'empire
Léo Delibes: “Couplets de la peur” from La fille du golfe
Charles Lecocq: "Un soir, Perez, le capitaine", from Le cœur et la main
Reynaldo Hahn: Passage from Lady Eversharp, extract from Brummel
Henri Christiné: Solo piano excerpt from Phi-Phi
André Messager: "J'ai deux amants", excerpt from L'amour masqué
Jacques Offenbach: Barcarolle, excerpt from Les contes d'Hoffmann
If you take a walk in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, you will be delighted to discover in the small, quaint Place Boieldieu, a superb building of beautiful proportions topped by six caryatids: the Opéra Comique, a theatre house in Paris, which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2015. You will be surprised to learn that this gold and red auditorium, also known as Salle Favart, is considered the first modern theatre in France because it was the first to be designed with fully electric equipment for both public and stage lighting.
That doesn’t rest as the only surprise… Despite its name, the Opéra Comique doesn’t only perform comic operas, a particular kind of musical show that mixes sung arias with spoken theatre (the ancestor of the musical), but a wide range of operas as well! It was in this venue that works that are now internationally known were created, such as Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust, Delibes's Lakmé, Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande... but also Massenet's Manon and Bizet's Carmen! This hall has welcomed the finest composers and never ceased to welcome works from the contemporary repertoire. Viva la musica! Viva l'opera!
Fast facts Capacity: 1,200 seats Handicap Accessible: Yes Air conditioning: No Chauffage: Yes
How do I get to Opéra Comique in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris?
The Opéra Comique is accessible by: Metro lines: The Opéra Comique is accessible by the metro lines 3, 7, 8, or 9 which run until the following metro stations: Opéra, Quatre Septembre, or Grands Boulevards. RER subway lines: The Opéra Comique is accessible by taking the RER A to the station Auber. Bus lines: The Opéra Comique is accessible by the bus lines 20, 27, 39, 48, 67, 74, 85, 95 which run until the following stations: Le Peletier - Hausmann, Choiseul , Richelieu Drouot, or Richelieu - 4 septembre. Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.