Opéra de Lyon - L'Enchanteresse
A Sparkling Production
The opera premiered in 1887 in Saint Petersburg, and Tchaikovsky saw Kuma as Carmen’s sister: “free, strong and in love”, whose destiny ends in madness, amid the unleashed elements of a storm. One of Tchaikovsky’s finest heroines, Kuma is now ready to join the group of legendary women, who have already been exalted by the stage director Andriy Zholdak. This Ukrainian cultivates excess, intensity and a certain sense of rebellion applied to the stage, which have led him to develop a pronounced interest in mythical female figures, their power of seduction and their smouldering potential.
From Medea to Electra, from Phaedra to Anna Karenin, without forgetting Emma Bovary, for Zholdak, a woman is an explosive epicentre, a time bomb in a corseted world, and such is the case for the Enchantress. Accustomed to a personal approach to works, with whose texts he delivers what verges on bodily combat, his spell at the opera will see him confront his fruitful insubordination with the authority of music. The result being doubtlessly more explosive than ever.
March 15th to 31st, 2019