Until March 5, 2023
Place Boieldieu - 75002 Paris
Capacity 1200 seats
Recommended for 10 years old and over
In French surtitled in French and English
Highlights: The Flooding
The great French theater director, Joël Pommerat, collaborates with Francesco Filidei, the Italian contemporary composer, under a new opera commission from the Opéra Comique. For his first opera libretto, he has chosen to adapt a novella by the Russian writer, Yevgeny Zamyatin- a writer he personally treasures! In the opera, The Flooding, Joël Pommerat and Francesco Filidei play with typical Pommerat style and special attention is paid to the use of lighting, ensemble, and space. The Flooding will be truly thrilling!
Story: The Flooding
The flood is that of hatred, flowing like the River Neva, which floods Petrograd. An ordinary, loving couple, who are unable to have children, decide to adopt a daughter, who takes a surprising place within their household. Dialogue between them breaks down little by little, the silence weighs upon them, and the waters of the river get ready to sweep away everything in their path at the drop of a dime. With the tension rising, is the flood about to destroy it all? The Flooding is an opera that practically bristles with tension!
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