Opéra de Paris

Les Huguenots

In Cinemas 16, 17, 18 & 21 Nov 2018
Michele Mariotti
Orchestre de l’Opera national de Paris
Lisette Oropesa (Marguerite de Valois), Yosep Kang (Raoul de Nangis), Ermonela Jaho (Valentine), Karine Deshayes (Urbain), Nicolas Testé (Marcel)
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Andreas Kriegenburg
Set Design
Harald B. Thor
4h40 including 2 intervals
Sung in French, with English subtitles
Captured live from the Opéra Bastille, Paris, 4 Oct 2018
Official Event Listing
  • Quite possibly the most popular music drama of the 19th century... To see Les Huguenots today is to both understand Mayerbeer's long eclipse and disbelieve it - and to root heartily for his current renaissance.
    Zachary Woolfe, THE NEW YORK TIMES
    Kriegenburg’s sweeping production gives ample evidence of the opera’s power to enthrall a present-day audience. Its subject of religious fanaticism resonates in any age.
    George Loomis, THE NEW CRITERION

New Production! The Opéra National de Paris begins its 350th Anniversary celebrations with this new staging of one French culture's true glories. A great cast including Lisette Oropesa, Yosep KangErmonela Jaho and Nicolas Testé has been assembled for this long-awaited revival of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s spectacular Grand Opera, on stage in Paris for the first time in eight decades!

An immediate success on its first staging in 1836, Les Huguenots became a Paris Opera repertory mainstay and was the first work to be performed by the company 1000 times. It's a monumental fresco featuring various impossible loves in the context of the 16th century conflict between French Protestants (Huguenots) and the Catholic majority under Charles IX.

For its revival, Andreas Kriegenburg places these romantic and religious entanglements in an immaculate futuristic setting in which the costumes appear yet more flamboyant and the victims’ blood more violently red. The exciting Michele Mariotti conducts.

Please note programme change: the previously billed Bryan Hymel was forced to withdraw from this production due to illness. (20/09/18)

Opéra de Paris

Opéra de Paris is one of the world's greatest opera and ballet companies. Founded more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, it now holds performances in two theatres, the Palais Garnier (1875) and the Opéra Bastille (1989). The company’s mission is to preserve and develop our operatic and ballet heritage and it gives more than 350 performances per year. Great composers such as Rameau, Gluck, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, Massenet, Poulenc and Messiaen all gave the first performances of their works here.

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