Under my rule, one’s only duty is to pay tribute to the god of love. This could be Marguerite de Valois’s motto at the beginning of her reign. After her wedding with Henri of Navarre, the young Queen attempts to convince Raoul to marry Valentine as a gesture to unite Catholics and Protestants. Driven at first by her youthful ardour, Marguerite then becomes a politician during Giacomo Meyerbeer’s epic opera which combines religious rivalries, betrayal and power strategies. Lisette Oropesa offers her feedback on this challenging part and on the stage direction by Andreas Kriegenburg.
Your reading: Marguerite de Valois, between love and politics