opera

La Nonne sanglante

by Charles Gounod

‘Grand opéra’ in five acts on a libretto by Eugène Scribe and Germain Delavigne, premiered at the Opéra de Paris (Salle Le Peletier) on 18 October 1854.
First stage production in modern times.

Dates
2 June 2018 – 8 pm
Opéra Comique
Tickets 6 to 135 € Book
4 June 2018 – 8 pm
Opéra Comique
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6 June 2018 – 8 pm
Opéra Comique
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8 June 2018 – 8 pm
Opéra Comique
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10 June 2018 – 3 pm
Opéra Comique
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12 June 2018 – 8 pm
Opéra Comique
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14 June 2018 – 8 pm
Opéra Comique
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Production Opéra Comique
Co-production Insula Orchestra, Bru Zane

The score of La Nonne sanglante was edited and made available by the Palazzetto Bru Zane

This opera by Gounod, unknown today despite its eye-catching title (The Bleeding Nun!), sets a libretto by Scribe and Delavigne based in part on Matthew Lewis’s The Monk (1796). It prolongs the taste of the 1820s for the ‘Gothic’ historical novel, in which spectres and phantoms are protagonists in macabre adventures set in a supernatural atmosphere. The subject had such appeal that both Verdi and Berlioz had thought of treating it. The premiere of Gounod’s opera in October 1854 coincided with a period of crisis at the Paris Opéra and seems to have been a factor in the resignation of its director, Nestor Roqueplan. His replacement, François-Louis Crosnier, was naturally keen to suspend performances of the repertory initiated by his predecessor, and did not shrink from describing La Nonne as ‘filth’ that was intolerable on France’s leading operatic stage. An attentive ear today will not find it hard to contradict this judgment and acknowledge the composer’s genuine talent throughout the score. Following in the tradition of the fantastical style of Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable (1831), Gounod skilfully tailors his orchestral colours to the sometimes pathetic, sometimes heroic situations that give the libretto its structure. This enables the work to sustain the dramatic sweep required by this type of monumental work, produced in such numbers by the nineteenth century.

ACCENTUS
INSULA ORCHESTRA
Laurence Equilbey conductor

David Bobée stage director
Aurélie Lemaignen scenography
Stéphane Babi Aubert light design

Rodolphe Michael Spyres
Agnès Vannina Santoni
La Nonne Marion Lebègue
Luddorf André Heyboer / Jérôme Boutillier
Arthur Jodie Devos
Pierre / L’Ermite Jean Teitgen
Anna Olivia Doray
Moldaw Luc Bertin-Hugault
Fritz / Le Veilleur de nuit Enguerrand de Hys