L'Enfant et les sortilèges
Opéra de Lyon
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Video Designer: Grégoire Pont
Lighting: Christophe Chaupin
Costume design: Thibault Vancraenenbroeck
Photographer: JP Maurin
"Opéra de Lyon has chosen Memory as its theme this year, and proposes to revisit three major mythical productions that have marked the history of the genre. We bet that this new production of L'Enfant et Les Sortilèges will join the pantheon of these lyric treasures...Never has a reading of Ravel's masterpiece better revealed and respected the meaning of the phantasmapagoria of the piece. Never has the word 'spells' been better realised."
"The new production of L'Enfant et Les Sortilèges at the Opéra de Lyon, whilst full of originality, remains accessible to all..it's not possible to enumerate all the discoveries and pranks in succession that the young audience encountered amazed, scene after scene...At every moment the music retains its primacy, though theatrical effects are equally cared for; the three quarters of an hour that the piece runs for flows naturally and fluidly."
"A success that proves that the incursion of video into opera has promising days ahead, especially when it is as enchanting and poetic as the material on which it is grafted...The Fire comes alive with a mantle of flames that through its movement becomes an actor in its own right. The old and wicked Arithmetic spits out numbers, the pond of frogs releases bubbles that turn into notes and insects, all of a sudden, invade the auditorium to the utter delight of the audience, whether adult of child."
Beate Langenbruch for
La Lettre Du Musicien:
"The Opéra de Lyon presented L'Enfant et Les Sortilèges by Ravel in a stage version using new technology. The result delighted both young and old. Fascinated, the audience - although made up of a least fifty percent children - was incredibly silent, but unleashed a storm of approval at the end of the performance."
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