(Credit: Eric Layarradieu)
The Royal Opera of Versailles has announced a Molière Cycle which will be dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the birth of Jean-Baptiste Molière.
Molière was a French playwright, actor and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of the French language and of world literature. His extant works include comedies, farces, tragicomedies, comedies-ballets, etc.
For the purposes of this article, we’ll only focus on vocal works.
Caroline Weynants, Caroline Bardot, Eugénie Lefebvre, Blandine de Sansal, Clément Debieuvre, Vojtech Semerad and Etienne Bazola perform various works by Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Molière. Sébastien Daucé directs the Ensemble Correspondances.
Date of performance: January 13, 2022, Opéra Royal
Ana Quintans, Cyril Auvity, Marc Mauillon, Igor Bouin and Virgile Ancely present works by Jean-Baptiste Lully and Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Vincent Dumestre conducts Le Poème Harmonique.
Date of performance: January 14, 2022, Opéra Royal
Then comes a concert of the opera by Jean-Baptiste Lully “Psyche.Thomas Corneille’s libretto was adapted from Molière’s original play. The opera will feature Déborah Cachet in Aglaure, Bénédicte Tauran in Venus, Eugénie Lefebvre in Flore et Cidippe, Cyril Auvity in the role of Love, Robert Getchell in Mercury, Vertumne et Vulcain, Nicholas Scott in Apollo, Fabien Hyon in Palemon , Silène, and Bacchus, Philippe Estèphe in the role of Jupiter, Anas Séguin in Lycas and Momus, Matthieu Heim in Mars, and Ambroisine Bré in the title role. Christophe Rousset conducts Les Talens Lyriques.
Date of performance: January 30, 2022, 3 p.m. CET, Opéra Royal
Tenor Romain Champion, soprano Cécile Granger, baritone Marc Labonnette and tenor Francisco Mañalich will perform Molière’s Comédie-ballet “The Bourgeois Gentleman»Alongside the soloists of the Ensemble La Révérence. Christophe Coin directs a production by Eric Ruf.
Performance dates: June 9 – 19, 2022, Opéra Royal
The event “Molière and his music“Will see the sopranos Emmanuelle de Negri and Claire Debono, the tenors Zachary Wilder and Cyril Auvity, and the bass Cyril Costanzo perform extracts from” Le Malade imaginaire “,” Le Bourgeois gentilhomme “,” L’Amour doctor “,” Le Mariage forced ”, and“ George Dandin ”. William Christie conducts Les Arts Florissants.
Performance dates: June 25 – 26, 2022, Opéra Royal