• Un Opéra imaginaire © Le Concert Spirituel
    Un Opéra imaginaire © Le Concert Spirituel
  • Un Opéra imaginaire © Le Concert Spirituel
    Un Opéra imaginaire © Le Concert Spirituel

Monday 24 July 2017, 8pm
Opéra-Comédie de Montpellier
With the Festival de Radio France Occitanie Montpellier
Broadcast by France Musique

Friday 13 October 2017, 8pm
Palais des Beaux-Arts BOZAR, Bruxelles

Saturday 14 October 2017, 8pm
Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Anniversary Concert

Sunday 15 October 2017, 4pm
Arsenal de Metz
Wednesday 18 October 2017, 8pm
Opéra Royal de Versailles*

Concert recorded by Alpha Classics (Collection Château de Versailles)

« An imaginary Opera »
Original creation based on arias of operas by Mondonville, Bertin de la Douée, Rameau, Campra, Dauvergne, Colin de Blamont, Francœur, Rebel, Marais, Leclair, Charpentier, Stuck, Destouches, Montéclair, Gervais, Royer, Lully

Karine Deshayes, The Magician
Katherine Watson, The Princess
Reinoud van Mechelen, The Prince
Anthony Rubier, vidéo conception

Coproduction Centre de musique baroque de Versailles / Le Concert Spirituel

Centre de musique baroque de VersaillesLe Concert Spirituel




Score edited by the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles
In partnershipt with the Beaux-Arts de Paris
With the support of the Fondation Orange

Fondation Orange

Concerts at the Opéra Comédie de Montpellier, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Opéra royal du Château de Versailles with the participation of students from the départements de musique ancienne du Conservatoire à rayonnement Régional de Paris & Pôle Supérieur d’enseignement artistique Paris Boulogne Billancourt.

2h with an interval

* Without the video project

30th anniversary o the Concert Spirituel / A fictional opera

From the most beautiful moments of the French baroque operas that he’s been exploring with delight since 30 years with his Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet recreates his « own » opera!

You’ll recognize the typical landmarks of baroque: desperate lovers, tempest, travel to the underworld, several Gods’ apparitions… and listen to the parts you love so much from Lully’s Armida, Charpentier’s Medea to Marin Marais’ Semele (The Eartquake), by ways of Campra’s Carnival of Venice. The sparkling magic of baroque opera will be yours for a celebratory evening… during which Hervé Niquet, always true to himself, will also make you discover some unexpected jewels!

 It should not be forgotten that opera stages were also an area in which the engineers and mathematicians of the seventeenth century carried out experiments. In 2017, therefore, it seems appropriate to use 3D video to create fantastical visions which have thrilled young and old alike since the dawn of opera.

Un opéra imaginaire au TCE