François-Xavier Roth and Guillaume Vincent invite us to rediscover an unknown masterpiece of french opera : Le Timbre d’Argent by Camille Saint-Saëns. Representations for the fifth edition of Palazzetto Bru Zane’s Paris festival from Friday, June 9th to Monday, June 19th 2017 at the Opéra Comique.
« There is everything in this artwork, from symphony to operetta, from operatic drama to ballet » Saint-Saëns
On a Christmas night, Conrad, an obscure Viennese painter, rebels against misery. Unlucky in love and society, he can’t take it any longer. During a deep crisis of despair, his physician appears to him in the guise of a devil. The latter offers him a magical object, his silver bell, each ringing of which will make him rich in abundance, while causing the death of an innocent. Upon waking, betwiched Conrad strikes the bell : gold flows but a dead already collapsed on his doorstep.
Devised by the librettists to Faust and Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Le Timbre d’Argent is one of the most important artwork of the composer Camille Saint-Saëns. Despite the success, Le Timbre d’Argent sank into oblivion further to politic and social events in the end of 19th century -wars, intability of theaters. Forty years after the first representation in 1877, the composer writes “this artwork appeared like a revolutionnary and prodigiously avanced work”.
Les Siècles orchestra – Accentus choir
François-Xavier Roth music direction
Guillaume Vincent staging
Conrad Edgaras Montvidas
Hélène Hélène Guilmette
Spiridion Tassis Christoyannis
Benedict Yu Shao
Rosa Jodie Devos
Circée Raphaëlle Delaunay