Eliogabalo

Eliogabalo

Violent, terrifying and fascinating, Caligula, Nero and Elagabalus led lives so short, ambivalent and cruel that they inspired numerous writers. “Anarchy, to the extent to which Elagabalus pushes it, is genuine poetry”, wrote Antonin Artaud, exalting a man’s battle against conventions and order. Cavalli’s last-known opera, dating from 1667, focuses on the perverse young emperor who neglected affairs of state in favour of sensual pleasures. Systematically overturning accepted morals, Elagabalus dresses men as women, and names women to the Senate, favours sinning servants and humiliates generals. Baroque and carnivalesque, Eliogabalo is not, however, an opera that advocates a return to order. Leonardo García Alarcón, a finder of baroque gems, and Thomas Jolly are careful not to transform Eliogabalo into a sublime icon who would abase virtue. On the contrary, the conductor and young director, who are presenting their first production for the Paris Opera, accept the character’s contradictions and ambiguities.

Orchestre Cappella Mediterranea
Chœur de Chambre de Namur
Chorus master: Thibault Lenaerts

Creative team

Music: Francesco Cavalli
version remaniée par Leonardo García Alarcón
Libretto anonyme
Conductor: Leonardo García Alarcón
Director: Thomas Jolly
Artistic collaboration: Alexandre Dain
Choreography: Maud Le Pladec
Set design: Thibaut Fack
Costume design: Gareth Pugh
Lighting design: Antoine Travert
Dramaturgy: Corinne Meyniel

Cast

Eliogabalo: Franco Fagioli
Alessandro Cesare: Paul Groves
Flavia Gemmira: Nadine Sierra
Giuliano Gordio: Valer Sabadus
Anicia Eritea: Elin Rombo
Atilia Macrina: Mariana Flores
Zotico: Matthew Newlin
Lenia: Emiliano Gonzalez Toro
Nerbulone, Tiferne: Scott Conner

Coproduction avec de Nationale Opera, Amsterdam
Coproduction Opéra national de Paris, CLC Productions avec la participation de France Télévisions
Avec le soutien de la Fondation Orange, mécène des retransmissions audiovisuelles de l’Opéra de Paris et avec le concours du Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée

Director: Julien Condemine & Roberto Maria Grassi

© Opéra national de Paris - CLC Productions – 2016

Visuel © Agathe Poupeney / OnP

Eliogabalo

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    Violents, terribles et fascinants, Caligula, Néron ou Héliogabale ont eu des vies dont la brièveté, l’ambivalence et la cruauté ont inspiré de nombreux écrivains. « L'anarchie, au point où Héliogabale la pousse, c’est de la poésie réalisée », écrivait Antonin Artaud, magnifiant la lutte d’un homm...

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