20 March 2018 : Opening night Gala
This gala evening is a fundraising event organized to support the Paris national Opera's activities.
Ticket prices and bookings for this date only : +33 1 58 18 65 10
Production English National Opera, London, De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam, Teatro dell’opera di Roma
Ce spectacle sera retransmis sur France Musique le 22 avril 2018 à 20h.
With the support of the Cercle Berlioz
Sponsor of the Paris Opera initiatives for young people and of the avant-premières
I have read benvenuto cellini’s memoirs, such as you see me; and, what is more, in italian: a fine-spirited fellow he was! from him I learned to follow the example set us by providence, who strikes us down at random, and to admire the beautiful wherever it is found. Is it not a glorious part to play, when you pit yourself against mankind, and luck is on your side?-
VAUTRIN, LE PÈRE GORIOT, HONORÉ DE BALZAC
The Florentine sculptor and silversmith Benvenuto Cellini rapidly attained a degree of renown that went beyond the confines of Italy. His flamboyant temperament, his acute awareness of his own talent and the freedom of spirit he flaunted before those in power are all characteristics that inspired Berlioz when he read his memoirs. Invariably embroiled in conspiracies, intrigues and quarrels, Cellini is commissioned by the Pope to cast a large sculpture of Perseus. He is loved by Teresa, but she is promised to Fieramosca, an academic artist who has not been favoured with a papal commission. Terry Gilliam’s exuberant production draws the protagonists into a delirious and joyful yet claustrophobic and megalomaniac world: a flaring up of contagious madness.