Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Today : world première of 'Les Sauvages' by Guillaume Hazebrouck in Nantes


Today, the Angers Nantes Opéra presents the world première of Les Sauvages, an opéra composed by Guillaume Hazebrouck with a libretto by Guillaume Lavenant.


It is the composer's first opéra.

A mysterious young woman settles in a park on the outskirts of the "neighbourhood". The "neighbourhood" is where they all live : the children and their gangs, the adults. They all surround the young woman and ask her what she came to do there. Soon, police, town planners, politicians join in : in this place between city and forest, it is necessary to keep control of the territory. But the intruder will shatter habits. (freely adapted from the Angers Nantes Opéra website)

The cast includes singer Laurène Pierre-Magnani (The Savage),  soprano Marie-Bénédicte Souquet (Leïla), beatboxer Julien Stella (Zéphyr), slammer Nina Kibuanda (The Mayor) and bass Agustin Perez Escalante (Donato). Rémi Durupt conducts the children choirs of Rosa Parks and Dervallières Chézine school, the Angers Nantes Opéra Chorus and the Frasques Ensemble. Guillaume Gatteau directs.

The venue is the Théâtre Graslin in Nantes. The performance should last 90 minutes.

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