26 > 30 October 2016
Young audiences Concerts
Opéra des Nations


Music for ballet by Igor Stravinsky.

New production

Concert version

Duration : approx. 50minutes (without intermission)

Vidéo : Joan Mompart raconte Pulcinella

En coulisses - Pulcinella

Pulcinella emerges from the deep hell of our primaeval consciousness. Troublesome and tricky, he is an expert shape-shifter, the raw material out of which all possible characters are made. His origins go back to 2000 BC. Everyone in Europe has heard of him : in Italy they call him Pulcinella, in France, Polichinelle, which is almost the same. In English, he’s known as Mister Punch, and he packs a nasty one indeed, despite his jolly and easy-going ways. In German, they call him Hanswurst, which means Johnny Sausage. Everyone knows the scrapes he gets into, trouncing his friends, his wife Judy, the police inspector, the doctor, the policemen. He’ll even give the Devil himself a good thwack, even though he hardly believes in him.
Taking his inspiration from the baroque Neapolitan composer Pergolesi, Stravinsky breathes new life into the classical music form and makes remarkable use of his skills as a colourist to compose this delightful work. You can never be too young or too old to enjoy Pulcinella, with Ira Levin directing the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, in the company of narrator Joan Mompart.

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Musical Director Ira Levin
Mise en espace & Narrator Joan Mompart
Pantomime Emmanuelle Annoni
Soprano Elbenita Kajtazi
Ténor Jason Bridges
Basse Bastian Thomas Kohl
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

« Are you genuine? Or merely an actor? A representative? Or that which is represented? In the end, perhaps you are merely a copy of an actor. »

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche Twilight of the Idols

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Oct 2016
Wednesday 26 |  7:30 pm
Thursday 27 |  7:30 pm
Sunday 30 |  3 pm