Today, th new opera composed by Brice Pauset, Wonderful Deluxe, with a libretto in French by Youness Anzane, will be performed in Luxembourg, at the Studio theatre.
It is a monodrama for counter tenor, five voices and ensemble. The libretto was inspired by Baruch Spinoza's Ethics.
Brice Pauset’s first monodrama Exercices du silence was inspired by the life of 17th century French mystic Louise du Néant, whose life is documented in letters to her confessors. In contrast, his second monodrama Wonderful Deluxe takes as its muse a modern day celebrity uniquely created by the media, and then treated as a commodity at constant risk of destruction.(reproduced from the Theatre website)The main character is performed by counter tenor Dominique Visse (Azonips). Other parts have been written for members of the Britten Chorus : soprano Julia Wischniewski (L'attachée de presse), mezzo Caroline Gesret (La psy pour chien), alto Mélodie Ruvio (La Cuisinière), tenor Benjamin Alunni (Le Jardinier), and baritone Mathieu Gardon (Le Camériste). The composer conducts the United Instruments of Lucilin. Stéphane Ghislain Roussel directs.
The performance should last about 1 hour. The orchestra is the following :
- flute (also piccolo and bass flute), clarinet (also bass clarinet), saxophone (soprano and tenor) ;
- 2 percussionists, piano ;
- 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass.
(according to the Gravis publisher website).