LE PROPHÈTE

GIACOMO MEYERBEER (1791–1864) — CONCERT VERSION

GRAND OPERA IN FIVE ACTS
LIBRETTO BY EUGÈNE SCRIBE
FIRST PERFORMED ON 16 APRIL 1849 AT THE SALLE LE PELETIER, THÉÂTRE DE LA NATION, PARIS

Conductor
Sir Mark Elder
Jean de Leyde
John Osborn
Fidès
Anita Rachvelishvili
Berthe
Mané Galoyan
Zacharie
James Platt
Le comte d'Oberthal
Edwin Crossley-Mercer*
Mathisen
Guilhem Worms
Jonas
Valerio Contaldo*
Soldats
Maxime Melnik, Hugo Santos, David Sánchez
Choir
Lyon Opera Chorus
Children's Choir
Maîtrise des Bouches-du-Rhône
Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Banda
Mediterranean Youth Orchestra
*Former artists of the Académie

— WITH THE SUPPORT OF MADAME ALINE FORIEL-DESTEZET, GRANDE MÉCÈNE D'EXCEPTION DES 75 ANS DU FESTIVAL D'AIX-EN-PROVENCE

Unbeknownst to him, this genius encapsulates in his works the feeling of the times in which he works, and says the word that everyone else whispers.

Théophile Gautier on Meyerbeer's Le Prophète

This is a true story: during the French Wars of Religion, a charismatic innkeeper manipulated by a religious sect finds himself crowned Emperor of Germany and placed at the head of a puppet kingdom of depraved fanatics, before being killed. Add to this a bride who is a real fighter, and the most formidable mother figure ever shown on an operatic stage. Le Prophète is the quintessential grand opera, a spectacular large-scale genre that made the Paris Opera the leading stage in Europe, and Meyerbeer a composer admired and envied by the greatest. This visionary historical drama, with its unique theatrical and vocal power and musical inventiveness, succeeds like no other in capturing the spirit of its time – which is very similar to our own. For the occasion, the best singers – John Osborn, Anita Rachvelishvili and Mané Galoyan – and exceptional orchestral and vocal forces will perform under the expert baton of Sir Mark Elder.

Saturday
15
July
2023
19h00
Grand Théâtre de Provence
Subscriptions

Ticket prices: €155, €124, €93, €59, €31
Youth prices: €46, €37, €27, €17, €9
Performance available with ticket packages

4 hours and 20 minutes with two intervals

Sung in French with French and English surtitles

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