• Baron de Münchhausen - copyright Casilda Desazars
    Baron de Münchhausen - copyright Casilda Desazars
  • Les Aventures du Baron de Münchhausen
    Les Aventures du Baron de Münchhausen
  • Patrice Thibaud copyright Rebecca Josset
    Patrice Thibaud copyright Rebecca Josset
  • Axelle Fanyo
    Axelle Fanyo

Saturday 12 December 2020, 8pm
Sunday 13 december 2020, 4pm
Opéra de Massy


The Baron of Münchhausen Patrice Thibaud, actor
The Baron's wife Axelle Fanyo, soprano
The Baron's Parish Priest Romain Dayez,  baritone
The Baron's Physician Jean-Gabriel Saint-Martin,  baritone

Conductor, Hervé Niquet
Stage director, Patrice Thibaud
Scenography, Casilda Desazars
Lights, Alain Paradis
Costumes, Isabelle Baudoin
Musicological adviser, Benoît Dratwicki

Le Concert Spirituel, Choir and orchestra

Production Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne
Coproduction Opéra de Massy, Le Concert Spirituel

Timing : 1h30 without interval

Baroque lyrical comedy with music by Rameau, Marais, Lully, Montéclair...

"The Baron of Münchhausen, with his journey to the moon on a cannonball or his rising out of quicksand and his horse's lifting himself up by his hair, is part of the Germanic heritage, and has become a legendary figure like our Cyrano de Bergerac in France.
As a conductor, the Baron of Münchhausen gives me wings to recompose a lyrical "drama" around his adventures. It is a universal work, a great fantasy, extremely funny, which appeals to the child's soul and the need for transgression present in each of us.
I want to illustrate these adventures with baroque composers such as Rameau, Bertin de la Doué, Boismortier, Gervais, Lully, Montéclair, Colin de Blamont and to be able to write light, insolent, funny music, full of melody and relevance.
All the ingredients are present in Les Aventures du Baron de Münchhausen to create a work that has never existed... but which we can no longer do without!"
Hervé Niquet

"There are characters full of madness that have always touched me. Perhaps because I consider madness, when it does not endanger others, as an art form. And now Hervé Niquet, with his Concert Spirituel, and Éric Rouchaud, at the head of the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, are offering me a baroque madness, that of creating an adaptation of the Adventures of the Baron of Münchhausen. What could be more exciting than taking on the role of this colourful character, a distant cousin of Tartarin of Tarascon?!
Baroque is the key word in this show.
At a time of "fake news" when one ends up doubting everything, the Baron of Münchhausen reminds us that it was the same in his time in the 18th century: "In the century of scepticism in which we live, people who do not know me could be led, through crude lies, to revoke in doubt the truth of my real adventures, something that seriously harms a man of honour. »
The public of all ages can come and check out if this story is as funny as it is believable or just plain jubilant."
Patrice Thibaud

Hervé Niquet et Patrice Thibaud présente Les Aventures du Baron