The Nightingale and other fables

To mark the 50th anniversary of Stravinsky's death, the Opéra de Lyon is reviving its production of The Nightingale, one of his classic works. The piece, unlike any other in the composer's musical universe, is further enhanced by a breathtaking production featuring marionettes.

Last updated date : 31/07/2020
From Friday 22 to Saturday 23 January 2021 at 8 pm. Sunday 24 January 2021 at 4 pm. Tuesday 26 January 2021 at 8 pm. From Friday 29 to Saturday 30 January 2021 at 8 pm. Sunday 31 January 2021 at 4 pm.
The Lyon Opera House Place de la Comédie - 69001 Lyon 1er

A wonderful nightingale is invited to sing at the Emperor of China’s court. However, the emperor decides he prefers a mechanical bird. Devastated, the nightingale flees the court. Then the emperor's health begins to fail and no cure can be found. The nightingale returns and saves the emperor’s life. He now sings every night until dawn.

A work of two parts
Stravinsky composed this adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen story in both Russia and Switzerland, though in the Russian style. It is a work of two parts: calm and bucolic at the outset, later becoming more energetic with innovative rhythm patterns. Robert Lepage’s staging is enchanting. The Quebec-based director gives us an aquatic puppet show (with 75 marionettes!), inspired by Asian tradition and performed by singer/puppeteers. A spectacular staging that transforms the orchestra pit into a lake! This lyric fairytale will be preceded by a series of shorter pieces, moving from the miniature (Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet, Pribaoutki, Berceuses du chat, Two Poems of Konstantin Balmont and Four Russian Peasant Songs) to chamber orchestra (Ragtime) and finally to "sung action” (The Fox), alternating between popular style and jazz rhythms.

Revival of the 2010 Opera de Lyon production
Orchestre et chœurs de l'Opéra de Lyon
Opéra de Igor Stravinsky - Mise en scène : Robert Lepage - Direction musicale : Daniele Rustioni

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Openings
  • From Friday 22 to Saturday 23 January 2021 at 8 pm.

    Sunday 24 January 2021 at 4 pm.

    Tuesday 26 January 2021 at 8 pm.

    From Friday 29 to Saturday 30 January 2021 at 8 pm.

    Sunday 31 January 2021 at 4 pm.
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