this bright sword, its name is not hatred, its name is love!
Not only immortalised on the silver screen, Joan of Arc has also inspired many composers, such as Verdi and Honegger. In 1935, the latter created a truly original work in which the life of the Maid of Orleans is narrated backwards, from her death sentence to her childhood. This kaleidoscope of memories and emotions is interpreted by choruses, two impressive spoken roles, and an unusual orchestra, which includes saxophones, ondes martenot, and keyboards. Returning to the pit at La Monnaie after a ten-year absence, Kazushi Ono offers an intense reading of this rich and varied score. Romeo Castellucci’s staging delves into the different layers of sediment that have accumulated over Joan of Arc down the centuries. In doing so, he reveals the heart of the legend, its paradoxes, and the intimate relation that each of us has with it.
This autumn, the programme of La Monnaie is turning the spotlight on female heroism. On Sunday October 20th, come along for a special theme day on leading ladies in the opera.
Director, set design, costume and lightingROMEO CASTELLUCCI
DramaturgyPIERSANDRA DI MATTEO
Artistic collaboratorSILVIA COSTA
Lighting collaboratorMARCO GIUSTI
Chorus MasterCHRISTOPHE TALMONT
Jeanne d’ArcAUDREY BONNET
Frère DominiqueSÉBASTIEN DUTRIEUX
La ViergeILSE EERENS
MargueriteTINEKE VAN INGELGEM
Une Voix, Porcus, Héraut I, Le ClercJEAN-NOËL BRIEND
Une Voix, Héraut II, PaysanJÉRÔME VARNIER
La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
MM Academy & La Monnaie's Children's and Youth Chorus, led by Benoît Giaux
Co-productionLA MONNAIE / DE MUNT, OPÉRA NATIONAL DE LYON, PERM STATE OPERA AND BALLET THEATRE, THEATER BASEL
Production created at Opéra National de Lyon, 21.1.2017