March 15 / thu 19:00-22:00


J.-B. Lully


A co-production by Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre and Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles Spectacles in collaboration with Le Poème Harmonique

Tragédie lyrique in five acts with a prologue
Performed in French with Russian subtitles

Libretto by Philippe Quinault

The script for Phaëton — tragédie lyrique by composer Jean-Baptiste Lully and librettist Philippe Quinault — is based on one of the stories from Ovid's Metamorphoses. Phaëton, the son of Helios and the ocean nymph Clymene, was severely punished by the gods for his pride and ambition. It is sometimes referred to as "the people's opera", just as Lully's Atys is referred to as "the king's opera" (incidentally one of Louis XIV's favourite works). After its premiere in 1683 at the Palace of Versailles, Phaëton reigned supreme on the Parisian stage until the mid-18th century, with certain musical numbers even permeating the everyday life of those within the more democratic layers of society. 
In March 2018, master of baroque theatre, Benjamin Lazar, and the artistic director and conductor of the ensemble Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre, will present their version of Phaëton on the Perm stage.

Performed by guest artists, musicAeterna chorus and orchestra and Le Poème Harmonique

With the support of ADOR (The Friends of the Royal Operaand the Institut français

*Le Poème Harmonique is subsidised by the French Ministry of Culture (DRAC of Normandy), the Normandy Region and the City of Rouen.
Le Poème Harmonique is in residency at the Rouen Opera in Normandy.
For rehearsals, Le Poème Harmonique is in residency at the Singer-Polignac Foundation (Paris).
Le Poème Harmonique receives support from Total Foundation, Mécénat Musical Société Générale, Caisse des Dépôts and Lubrizol France.

Age category: 16+

The stage directors
Musical Director and Conductor Vincent Dumestre (France)
Stage Director Benjamin Lazar (France)
Set Designer Mathieu Lorry-Dupuy (France)
Costume Designer Alain Blanchot (France)
Lighting Designer François Menou (France)
Production Chorus Master Vitaly Polonsky
Makeup and hair Mathilde Benmoussa
Video Director Yann Chapotel
Assistant Conductor Simon Guidicelli
Assistant Stage Director Elizabeth Calleo
Assistant Lighting Designer Alexey Khoroshev
Vocal coaches Elisabeth Geiger, Clément Geoffroy, Florian Carré
Phaëton Mathias Vidal (France)
Lybie Eva Zaïcik (France)
Théone Victoire Bunel (France)
Saturne, Epaphus, Jupiter Lisandro Abadie (Argentina)
Triton, The Sun, The Earth Cyril Auvity (France)
Climène Léa Trommenschlager (France)
Protée, King of the Ethiopians Viktor Shapovalov
Astrée, Daytime hour Elizaveta Sveshnikova (Russia)
Mérops Alexander Egorov
Daytime hour Alfia Khamidullina
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