Today, the Opéra Orchestre National de Montpellier presents the world première of Poil de carotte (Carrot Head), a musical tale composed by Reinhardt Wagner, with a libretto based on the novel by Jules Renard, with songs by Frank Thomas.
Reinhardt Wagner already composed several works for the stage, including the opéra bouffe René l'énervé (Paris, September 7, 2011).
Unhappy with his family, Carrot Haed owes its nickname to his red hair and freckles. Taunted and humiliated by his entourage, he suffers from the authority of his sadistic mother and an indifferent father. Therefore, he must do all the household chores. He will soon discover a trick to soften his ordeal. But Poil de Carotte is also a sensitive child who dreams of being loved one day like other children. (freely adapted from the Opéra national de Montpellier website)The cast includes soprano Amélie Tatti (Poil de carotte), actress Sylvia Bergé (La mère), actor Bernard Alane (Le père), tenor Yoann Le Lan (Big brother Félix) and soprano Cécile Madelin (Mathilde). Victor Jacob conducts the Opéra Junior Choir and the Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie. Zabou Breitman directs.
The performance should last about 90 minutes. No intermission. The venue is the Opéra Comédie.