The renowned Flemish stage director Guy Cassiers takes on a work marking the birth of French lyric tragedy : Xerse was originally an Italian opera written in 1654 by Francesco Cavalli before being recreated in Paris for the occasion of the marriage of Louis XIV, with the addition of ballets composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully. It is this “complete” version that will be performed by Emmanuelle Haïm and her Concert d’Astrée.
Opera - Music de Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676)
Libretto by Nicola Minato (reviewed by Francesco Buti)
Ballets - Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)
Conductor Emmanuelle Haïm
Director Guy Cassiers
Settings and costumes Tim Van Steenbergen
Choreography Maud Le Pladec
Video Frederik Jassogne
Lighting Maarten Warmerdam
Make up, hairdressing and wigs Cécile Kretschmar
Direction assistant Benoît de Leersnyder
Musical direction assistants Benoît Hartoin, Laura Mónica Pustilnik
Language advisor Rita de Letteriis
Playwright Willem Bruls
Musicology advisor Barbara Nestola
Xerse Ugo Guagliardo
Arsamene Tim Mead
Ariodate Carlo Allemano
Romilda Emöke Barath
Adelanta Camille Poul
Eumene Emiliano Gonzalez Toro
Elviro Pascal Bertin
Amastre Emmanuelle de Negri
Aristone Frédéric Caton
The guard Pierre-Guy Cluzeau (extra)
Le Concert d’Astrée
In residence at the Lille Opera
Dancers : Régis Badel, Matthieu Barbin, Smaïn Boucetta, Nicolas Diguet/Guillaume Rabain (6 october), Benjamin Kahn, Nitsan Margaliot
Sunday 4 october
Meeting with the team of artists
following the performance. Free admission.
The 400 Blows
While you attend a performance, your children can participate in a musical and educational workshop. Requires reservation. 10 € per performance for 1 child / 7.50 € per additional child.
Saturday 3 october, 4 p.m
With Barbara Nestola, musicologist and member of research team of CNRS.
In collaboration with the Club Lyrique Régional.
Free admission with reservation 1 month in advance.
At the Phénix, scène nationale Valenciennes
We 23, Tu 24, Fr 25 march 2016, 7 p.m
Director Guy Cassiers according to Jonathan Littell.
Ticket prices 9 to 22€
+33 (0)3 27 32 32 32 www.lephenix.fr
Reduced price ticket to attend Xerse, suscriber card, Liberty Pass.
± 3h10 with intermission
Sung in Italian, overhead subtitles in French
Within Renaissance, lille3000
* Sessions with audio-description
New production Lille Opera
Coproduction Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Théâtre de Caen.
In collaboration with Toneelhuis, Anvers.
With the sponsorship of Rabot Dutilleul