On purge bébé ! (Fuga Libera)
13/12/2022 - Brussels (Belgium), La Monnaie - Richard Brunel (staging), Etienne Pluss (set design), Bruno de Lavenère (costumes), Jean-Sébastien Bou, Jodie Devos, Julien Behr, Sophie Pondjiclis, Jérôme Varnier, Tibor Ockenfels, Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie, Bassem Akiki (conductor)
Opera in 1 act, libretto by Richard Brunel, based on Georges Feydeau's On Purge Bébé !
I'd read On purge bébé ! even before I composed Pinocchio. I said to myself: "This is a wonderful play... but it's impossible to turn it into an opera". And if I say something like that, it means that I'm going to do it - it's like I'm setting myself a kind of challenge! I liked a lot of things in this play. It's rather malicious, as it presents an image of a smug, pretentious, and uneducated petty bourgeoisie and their complete dishonesty. I don't think anyone has ever done an opera based one of Feydeau's plays - at least, not that I know of. People don't think of turning Feydeau into an opera...
Opera filmed on December 15, 2022 at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels
ARTE Concert, Opera
Duration: 89 min
Available: from December 12th, 2022 to February 28th, 2023