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Le Couronnement de Poppée - Studio de l'Opéra de Lyon

Festival of Memories

From 7 March to 5 April 2017, the Lyon Opera and National Theatre (TNP) Villeurbanne.

Opera, like the theatre, is an ephemeral art, inviting us to "love what we will never see again"; all that remains is the memory of how we felt.
This is the theme that the Lyon Opera has chosen for its annual festival. It will include recreations of three operas that have stood out in recent decades, all originally staged by German opera directors who are no longer alive.

Elektra, by Richard Strauss, in the version produced in Dresden in 1986 by Ruth Berghaus (1927-1996); the orchestra is placed on the stage, making it one of the protagonists in the drama. The singers are perched on a steep backdrop, as if on the edge of an abyss... The tragedy of the curse of the Atreides unfolds, drenched in violence, betrayal and revenge, with Electra performed by Elena Pankratova.

Heiner Müller’s monumental, minimalist version of Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, first staged in Bayreuth in 1993. Ann Petersen performs the role of Isolde, while the tenor Daniel Kirch plays Tristan. The story of a passionate, impossible love. A sublime version of this hugely influential opera.

The Coronation of Poppaea plunges into the baroque world of Monteverdi, with the young singers of the Studio de l’Opéra de Lyon. One of the earliest operas, the story portrays Nero’s passion for the ambitious, beautiful Poppaea, with a series of betrayals, murders and exile. This version was staged by Klaus Michael Grüber in 2000, and has the simple, uncluttered style of an ancient fresco.

 

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