Musée d'Orsay: From Manon to Carmen

From Manon to Carmen

Filmed opera

Charles Augustin LhermittePortrait of a young woman wearing a large wide-brimmed hat© RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
Several leading courtesan figures took to the opera stage in the 19th century: Violetta, the reformed and sacrificed woman, La Périchole, whose frivolity borders on melancholy, and Manon, mercenary but sincere by nature, offer us three variations in answer to the question: are they victims or emancipated women (sempre libera)? Conversely, Carmen is the epitome of the free woman, uncompromising to the end.

27 September - 18 October 2015
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2



Jules Massenet, music
Meilhac and Gille, libretto
Anna Netrebko, Roberto Alagna, Adrian Eröd, Ain Anger,…
Orchestra of the Vienna Opera
Bertrand de Billy
, conductor
Andrei Serban, staging

Direc. : Karina Fibich. Prod.: ORF/Unitel, 2007
Duration: 2h 50min including the interval

Filmed at the Vienna Opera in this role that is a perfect match for her outrageousness, Anna Netrebko plays a Manon in turn childlike, tender, mutinous, passionate and pathetic, alongside the incredible Des Grieux played by Roberto Alagna. Transposing the action to Paris during the Belle Epoque, Andrei Serban emphasises the isolation of this young woman ruined by men, sex and money.

© Unitel

Sun 27 September 2015 - 15h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

La Traviata

In the presence of Robert Carsen

Giuseppe Verdi, music
Francesco Maria Piave, libretto
Patricia Ciofi, Roberto Sacca, Dmitri Hyorostovsky,…
Orchestra and choirs of the Teatro La Fenice
Lorin Maazel
, conductor
Robert Carsen, staging

Direc. : Patrizia Carmine. Prod: RAI, 2004
Duration: 2h 26min including the interval

With this Traviata that inaugurated the new Teatro La Fenice on 12 November 2003, Robert Carsen has opted to transport the opera into our era – a decision justified by the fact that Verdi himself wanted a contemporary Traviata. The bank notes lining the garden in the second act remain one of the most emblematic images of this production.

© Michele Crosera

Sun 4 October 2015 - 15h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2


Georges Bizet, music
Meilhac and Halévy, libretto
Teresa Berganza, Placido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi, Michel Sénéchal,…
Orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris
Pierre Dervaux
, conductor
Piero Faggioni, staging

Direc. : Pierre Badel. Prod.: Ina, 1980
Duration: 2h 42min including the interval

In this legendary 1980 production taken from the Edinburgh festival but filmed at the Opéra-Comique, Piero Faggioni's staging steers clear of all Spanish reference and concentrates on the tragedy itself. Between Escamillo's virile Ruggero Raimondi and Placido Domingo's idealistic and sensitive Don José, Teresa Berganza delivers a gripping performance full of commitment and intensity.

En présence de Teresa Berganza et Piero Faggioni

John Singer SargentLa Carmencita

Sun 11 October 2015 - 15h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

La Périchole

Offenbach, music
Meilhac and Halévy, libretto
ane Berbié, Michel Caron, Jean Le Poulain, Roger Carel,…
ORTF opera orchestra
Jean Claude Casadesus
, conductor
Maurice Lehmann, staging

Direc. : Jacques Duhen. Prod.: Ina (ORTF), 1971
Duration:1h 52min including the interval

An adaptation for the ORTF by Jean Le Poulain of a performance produced by Maurice Lehmann at the Théâtre de Paris in 1969, this Périchole softens the darker aspects of the work and takes certain liberties with the libretto in order to highlight the comic virtuosity of the performers, among whom Jane Berbié and Michel Caron impose themselves as a couple of street singers with remarkable vocal capacities.

Sun 18 October 2015 - 15h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

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