Le Soulier de satin - Opera - Season 20/21 Programming - Opéra national de Paris

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    Le Soulier de satin

    Marc-André Dalbavie

    Palais Garnier - from 21 May to 13 June 2021

    Alfredo de Stefano, Linea de Luz

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Le Soulier de satin

Palais Garnier - from 21 May to 13 June 2021

Le Soulier de satin

World creation

Opera Marc-André Dalbavie

Palais Garnier - from 21 May to 13 June 2021

6h05 with 2 intervals

Language : French

Surtitle : French / English


In few words:

“The subject for the Satin Slipper comes from a Chinese legend about two celestial stars in love who, each year, having travelled far, manage to come within reach of each other without ever being able to come together from the disparate sides of the Milky Way.” So surmised Paul Claudel. The play, whose power of attraction has never wavered, occupies a special place in the theatrical repertoire of the 20th century: written between 1919 and 1924 and first staged by Jean-Louis Barrault in an abridged version in 1943, it would have to await Antoine Vitez to be performed in its entirety. That production, performed in the courtyard of the Palais des Papes in 1987, lasted over ten hours and marked an entire generation of theatregoers, including Marc-André Dalbavie.
Alternatively titled The Worst Is Not Always Certain, The Satin Slipper is an immense parable which alternates between the sublime, the comic and the disturbing. It is set in a specific era—the Spanish Golden Age—during which humanity experiences its first bout of “globalization”. Confronting a passionate desire for individual happiness, external imperatives and an aspiration for the universal, the work leads the spectator into a ongoing state hovering between hypnosis and joy. This new opera is the third world-premiere production commissioned by the Paris Opera for its cycle on French literature.

  • Opening
  • First part 120 mn
  • Intermission 45 mn
  • Second part 100 mn
  • Intermission 35 mn
  • Third part 60 mn
  • End
  • Le Soulier de satin

    Opera in four days

    After Paul Claudel

    • Conductor :

      Marc-André Dalbavie

    • Director :

      Stanislas Nordey

    • Set design :

      Emmanuel Clolus

    • Costume design :

      Raoul Fernandez

    • Lighting design :

      Philippe Berthomé

    • Sound creation :

      Daniele Guaschino

    • Choreography :

      Loïc Touzé

    • Artistic collaboration in the staging :

      Claire Ingrid Cottanceau

    • Dramaturgy :

      Raphaèle Fleury

    • Doña Prouhèze :

    • Don Rodrigue de Manacor :

    • Le Père Jésuite, Le Roi d’Espagne, Saint Denys d’Athènes, Don Almagro, 2ème soldat :

    • Don Pélage :

    • Don Balthazar, Saint Nicolas, Frère Léon :

    • Don Camille :

      • Jean-Sébastien Bou

    • Doña Isabel, Doña Honoria, La Religieuse :

      • Béatrice Uria‑Monzon

    • Le Sergent Napolitain, Le Capitaine, Don Rodilard, 1er soldat :

    • Doña Musique, La Bouchère :

    • L’Ange Gardien, Saint-Jacques, Saint Adlibitum :

    • Le Vice-Roi de Naples, Saint Boniface, Don Ramire :

    • Doña Sept-Epées :

      • Camille Poul

    • L’Irrépressible, Don Fernand :

      • Yann-Jöel Collin

    • L’Annoncier, Le Chancelier, Don Léopold :

      • Cyril Bothorel

    • Le Chinois Isidore :

      • Yuming Hey

    • La Noire Jobarbara, La Logeuse :

      • Mélody Pini

    • La Lune (voix enregistrée) :

      • Fanny Ardant


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Audio clips

Le Soulier de satin (Saison 20/21)- Fanny Ardant

Le Soulier de satin (Saison 20/21)- Julien Dran et Vannina Santoni

Le Soulier de satin (Saison 20/21)- Luca Pisaroni et Eve-Maud Hubeaux

Le Soulier de satin (Saison 20/21)- Eve-Maud Hubeaux et Max Emanuel Cenčić

About the work


The Satin Slipper will be filmed and recorded by director Floris Bernard, in a coproduction with the Paris Opera and Radio France, with the participation of Medici.tv and the support of the Orange Foundation, sponsor of the audiovisual broadcastings at the Paris Opera. Broadcast from June 13, 2021 at 2:30pm, freely available on the Paris Opera VOD platform L'Opéra chez soi, and on Medici.tv for 48 hours – then available only for the subscribers. Broadcast on France Musique on Saturday 19 June, 2021, at 8pm.

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