La Monnaie: Dvořák: Rusalka
Antonín Dvořák’s next to last opera draws its substance from the underwater wonderland of little mermaids, Undines and Melusines: Rusalka, a water nymph, wishes to become human in order to be loved by the young prince.
Donizetti: L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love)
Set in the scenario of a Western Film Production, this is the second directorial work of Rolando Villazón (after his directorial debut in 2011 “Werther”, Lyon).
“Procure me the unconditional fulfillment of my every wish for the rest of my life, let me embrace the world – the East and the South, which call out to me –, let me understand completely man’s actions and extend them in unheard-of ways; give me genius, and give me also his suffering, so that I may be happy like no other.” (Ferruccio Busoni)
Carmen by Olivier Py
Georges Bizet's 19th-century masterpiece of French opera has constantly been a worldwide success since its laborious creation at the Opera Comique in Paris; to such an extent, in fact, that today it is the most popular opera in the world. Olivier Py is directing it in Lyon just four years after having presented Curlew River by Britten.
Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila
A surprisingly actual opera about the mechanisms of fanaticism: the biblical story of Samson and Dalila is an exemplary illustration of how reconciliation is found wanting in the face of religious and political motives.
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