Jan 30, 2018
Diana Damrau returns to the Opéra Bastille to star as Marguerite de Valois in Meyerbeer’s grand opera masterpiece, Les Huguenots. The rest of the cast includes other internationally acclaimed singers, with Bryan Hymel as Raoul de Nangis, Ermonela Jaho as Valentine, Karine Deshayes as Urbain and Nicolas Testé as Marcel. The performances take place from September 28 until to October 24 and Michele Mariotti leads the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris.
Les Huguenots is a monumental fresco featuring various impossible loves in the context of the Saint Bartholomew Massacre. First performed at the Paris Opera, the work celebrated its centenary there in 1936, after more than a thousand performances, before being stowed in the archives of the Palais Garnier – the “grande boutique”. For its revival, Andreas Kriegenburg, the stage director, places these timeless conflicts of love and religion in an immaculate setting in which the costumes appear yet more flamboyant and the victims’ blood more violently red.
For more information and tickets, visit the Opéra Bastille website.