The Fiery Angel

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Opera in five acts and seven scenes
Libretto by the composer based on a novel by Valery Bryusov
First performed the 25th November 1954 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris (in French)
Kazushi Ono
Stage Director
Mariusz Treliński
Stage Designer
Boris Kudlička
Costume Designer
Kaspar Glarner
Lighting Designer
Felice Ross
Bartek Macias
Tomasz Wygoda
Malgorzata Sokorska-Miszczuk
Makeup, hairstyle
Waldemar Pokromski
Conductor assistant
Elena Schwarz
Vocal coach
Olesya Tutova
Stage director assistant
Ewa Rucinska
Aušrinė Stundytė
Scott Hendricks
Fortune Teller / Abbess
Agnieszka Rehlis
Mephistopheles / Agrippa von Nettesheim
Andreï Popov
Faust / Inquisitor
Krzysztof Bączyk*
Jakob Glock / A doctor
Pavlo Tolstoy
Matthieu Wissmann / Innkeeper / A servant
Łukasz Goliński
Hostess of the Inn
Bernadetta Grabias
First nun
Bożena Bujnicka*
Second nun
Maria Stasiak
Orchestre de Paris
Chorus Master
Miroslaw Janowski
Chorus of the Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera
Justyna Bluj, Monika Buczkowska, Joanna Kędzior, Magdalena Stefaniak
Karolina Makuła, Katarzyna Szymkowiak
Zuzanna Kasprzyk-Molenda, Nikol Wesolowska, Agata Kuczyńska, Justyna Białowąs, Magdalena Fejdasz, Marcin Kowalczyk, Paweł Kozłowski, Małgorzata Czyżowska, Michał Ciećka, Łukasz Przytarski
Antonina Żbikowska, Nina Korycka
*Former artists of the Académie

New production of Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera
In coproduction with Norwegian National Opera and Ballet

  • Le Monde

    « Masterful and very inspired direction by Kazushi Ono, who transmutes an Orchestre de Paris of stunning sonic beauty. [...] The actors are directed with immense energy. » Marie-Aude Roux
  • Télérama

    « The dramatically and vocally demanding role of Renata has wisely been entrusted to the Lithuanian soprano Aušriné Stundyté. She embraces it wholeheartedly, holding nothing back, in almost constant motion, and manages to be heard over the orchestra without forcing her voice. » Sophie Bourdais
  • Bachtrack

    « It’s wacky, strange, fragmented, unexpected – but completely enchanting. The central theme captivates you and never lets go. This production is not to be missed. » David Karlin
  • Luxemburg Wort

    « What a performance! » Stéphane Gilbart

Мне было восемь лет, когда он явился в первый раз : в солнечном луче, в белоснежной одежде, ангел, весь огненный, весь озарëнный. […]
И назвал он себя Мадиэль, Мадиэль, Мадиэль.

I was only eight years old when he appeared to me for the first time, Like a beautiful ray of sunshine, dressed in white, the Fiery Angel covered with light. [...]
And his name was sweet: Madiel! Madiel! Madiel!

Sergei Prokofiev, The Fiery Angel, act I (1954)

The young Renata hears voices. Since childhood, she has been visited by a fiery angel exuding a sublime radiance. Besotted with him, she goes looking for him when he leaves her and meets Ruprecht, a knight who, out of love for her, will try to tear her away from this carnal possession. Moving from tavern to convent, against a backdrop of spiritualism and exorcism, collective hysteria and burlesque humour, The Fiery Angel is a powerful piece that has it all, bordering the very limits of expressionism. Inspired by the symbolist novel of the same name by Valery Bryusov, this opera is Prokofiev’s most striking operatic masterpiece. Its premiere at the Festival d’Aix will see it transported into the tumultuous world of director Mariusz Treliński, while Prokofiev’s score will resound to the baton of Kazushi Ono conducting the Orchestre de Paris.

Programme of The Fiery Angel (pdf in French)

Individual surtitles tablets are provided by Paraphraz

Thursday 5 July 2018
Saturday 7 July 2018
Friday 13 July 2018
Sunday 15 July 2018

Prices : 270€, 180€, 150€, 120€, 55€, 30€
Youth ticket price : 9€
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2 hours and 30 minutes including one interval

Sung in Russian with French and English surtitles