King Arthur
26 April > 9 Mai 2018
Opéra des Nations

King Arthur, or The British Worthy

Semi-opera in 5 acts by Henry Purcell
Libretto by John Dryden. First performed at the Queen's Theatre, Dorset Garden, London, in late May or early June 1691.

New production

Sung in English and spoken in French with English and French surtitles
Duration: approx. 2h40 (with one intermission)

Famous for its “cold song”, the semi-opera King Arthur tells of the birth of Britain and the victory of King Arthur over the Saxons. To these adventures, in which enchantment and fairy tales combine, is added a love story. How will the valiant hero save his betrothed? Here, Henry Purcell has composed his most elegant stage music in which tragedy alternates with humour.

Musical Director Leonardo García Alarcón
Stage Director Marcial Di Fonzo Bo
Stage Director Assistant Maxime Contrepois
Scenographer Catherine Rankl
Costumes Designer Pierre Canitrot
Hair & Make-up Designer Cécile Kretschmar
Lighting Designer Yves Bernard
King Arthur Simon Guélat
Merlin / Albanact Cédric Leproust
Osmond Thomas Scimeca
Oswald / Warrior / Aurelius Benjamin Jungers
Conon / Albanact / Guillamar Stéphane Comby
Philidel / Aurelius Sylvain Dufour
Emmeline Laure Aubert
Matilda / Grimbald Paul Laurent
Prologue / Warrior / Shepherd / Sylvan Ed Lyon
Cupid / Syren / Venus / She Bernarda Bobro
Priest / Cold Genius / Aeolus / He Grigory Shkarupa
Philidell / Syren / Nymph / Honour Keri Fuge
Grimbald / Man / Comus Ivan Thirion
Priestess / Guillamar / Man Anders J. Dahlin
Priestess / Shepherdess / Spirit of Philidel / Nymph / First Syren Chloé Chavanon
Spirit of Philidel / Shepherdess / Nymph / 2nd Syren Iulia Elena Preda
Spirit of Philidel / Nymph  Mi-Young Kim
Priest / Spirit of Philidel / Man  Nauzet Valerón
Sylvan / Peasant Phillip Casperd
Spirit of Philidel / Peasant Harry Draganov
With the participation of:
Victoria Martynenko
Mariana Vassileva-Chaveeva
Jaime Caicompai
Romaric Braun
Grand Théâtre Opera Chorus
Director Alan Woodbridge
Cappella Mediterranea  


Broadcast on Espace2

Apr 2018
Thursday 26 |  7:30 pm
Saturday 28 |  7:30 pm
Sunday 29 |  3 pm
Monday 30 |  7:30 pm
May 2018
Sunday 6 |  7:30 pm
Tuesday 8 |  7:30 pm
Wednesday 9 |  7:30 pm