A New Artistic Proposal
Within the framework of the artistic revival plan supported by the DRAC Nouvelle-Aquitaine, we create a concept of lyrical shows, with orchestra, linking proximity, mobility, accessibility and quality.
From a condensed adaptation of a lyrical work of reference, a light orchestration (25 musicians) with 2 to 4 soloists in space, the opera opens to new audiences. This mobile and flexible « format » makes it possible to be close to the audience, especially in rural areas and their populations.
Opera Light is accompanied by mediation actions that allow for the active involvement of actors who are far from opera in the project.
Opera Light makes it possible to preserve all the dimensions of opera: dramatic, vocal and orchestral. It proposes a « lighter » opera, put in full « Light » for all audiences.
Opera Light allows us to
An Opera more "Light", put in full "Light for all audiences
Opera Light 2022
une histoire andalouse
Musique from Georges BIZET
Story from Prosper MÉRIMÉE
Carmen : Anne-Sophie VINCENT (mezzo-soprano)
Don José : Jean GOYETCHE (ténor)
Prosper Mérimée : Paul REULET (actor – Cie Alecto)
Text and musical adaptation : Philippe MESTRES
Conductor : Philippe MESTRES
14 may 2022 – 20h00
Salle Frac – Sainte-Bazeille
Reduced Rate : 8€
Normal Rate : 10€
When the academician and archaeologist Prosper MÉRIMÉE left for Andalusia, on the tracks of an ancient Roman battle of Julius Caesar, he had no idea of the edifying encounters he was going to have. In particular, that of a certain Don José Lizarrabengoa, Basque, born in Elizondo, former cavalry brigadier in Seville, deserter, who became a smuggler, then condemned to death for the murder of a gypsy woman with whom he fell madly in love, Carmen…
With the evocation of this meeting, Prosper MÉRIMÉE tells us the shocking descent into hell of Don José.
Under the musical direction of Philippe MESTRES, large excerpts from Georges BIZET’s opera plunge us into this drama where the freedom of a woman, Carmen, ignores the morality of the time, as well as the jealousy of men.
The pedagogical project around « Carmen, an Andalusian story » allowed 6 classes of elementary school of Sainte-Bazeille, Marmande and Fourques-sur-Garonne to participate in 3 workshops: « Carmen and the Voice » with the intervention of Anne-Sophie Vincent (Mezzo), « Carmen and the Visual Arts » with the artist Inge Zorn Gautier and the actor Paul Reulet, and « Carmen and the School of the Spectator ». All the children were also able to meet, on several occasions, Philippe Mestres, conductor and musical director of the project. Some of them learned the Children’s Chorus of the first act of the opera « Carmen », others created and built elements of scenery. This project was carried out between January and May 2022 with the involvement of the teachers and, in particular, of Carole Maso, Plastic Arts Pedagogical Advisor of the Academic Inspection.