Bérénice

Michael Jarrell | World première

Palais Garnier - from 26 September to 17 October 2018

Berenice

world premiere

Music
Michael Jarrell
Libretto
Michael Jarrell

After Jean Racine
In French

Conductor
Philippe Jordan
Director
Claus Guth
Titus
Bo Skovhus
Bérénice
Barbara Hannigan
Antiochus
Ivan Ludlow
Paulin
Alastair Miles
Arsace
Julien Behr
Phénice
Rina Schenfeld
Spoken voice (recorded)
Julien Joguet
Set design
Christian Schmidt
Costume design
Christian Schmidt
Linda Redlin
Lighting design
Fabrice Kebour
Video
rocafilm
Dramaturgy
Konrad Kuhn
Chorus master
Alessandro Di Stefano

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Titus, passionately in love with Berenice, sends her away from Rome “in spite of himself and in spite of her”, recounts Suetonius. Racine places this famous narrative at the heart of his peerless tragedy, Berenice, whose simplicity of plot constitutes a literary tour de force. Titus and Berenice love each other; under the watchful eye of Antiochus, the hopeless lover, they try yet refuse to understand each other. Taking up the “majestic sadness” of these alexandrines, among the greatest verses in the French language, Michael Jarrell amplifies the power of words, making them a vehicle for spaces and identities that, from Rome to Jerusalem, are unceasingly questioned.

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