Today, the Opéra de Reims presents the world première of Vanda, a chamber opera for mezzo-soprano, viola da gamba and electronics, composed by Lionel Ginoux, with a libretto by Jean-Pierre Siméon, after his own play Le Testament de Vanda.
It is the composer's second opera after Medea Kali (Marseilles, 2013).
The text portrays the life of an exiled woman, her struggles and her every day humiliations. It reveals a poignant story of a woman from the Balkans who recounts to her baby the stories of her life, origins and parents, of the love, the war, the violence. (reproduced from the composer's website).The cast includes mezzo Ambroisine Bré and violist Marie-Suzanne de Loye. Nadine Duffaut directs. The performance should last about 50 minutes.