Today, the opera Iliade l'amour, composed by Betsy Jolas, with a libretto by Bruno Bayen and the composer after his play Schliemann, will be performed in Paris, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
It is a new chamber version of the opera Schliemann, first performed in Lyon on May 3rd, 1995, with Kent Nagano conducting.
The libretto tells the story of Heinrich Schliemann, who was fascinated with Homer's Iliad.The cast includes baritone Julien Clément (Schliemann), soprano Marianne Croux (Sophia), mezzo Anaïs Bertrnad (Andromache), baritone Igor Bouin (Spencer), mezzo Eva Zaïcik (Nelly) and tenor Fabien Hyon (Mr. Haak). David Reiland conducts the Orchestre du Conservatoire. Antoine Gindt directs.
The opera shoud last about 95 minutes. The first performance will be broadcast live on the CNSMDP website.