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Fantasio at Châtelet 2017

Fantasio at Châtelet 2017

“In the line of Hoffmann’s Tales, the score of Offenbach on a story of Musset had partly disappeared in the fire of the Opera Comique. With a production directed by Thomas Jolly, the show is reborn from its ashes.
The student Fantasio dreams of a different life. Actually, the court jester just died: what if he took his place? However, no one loved the deceased more than princess Elsbeth, promised by her father to a political union to prince Mantoue. The young jester will bring the princess to listen to her heart. How far will she allow herself to be seduced?
Offenbach owed Musset one of his first successes, La Chanson de Fortunio. A Fantasio remodeled by the poet’s brother had enough to make him dream, with his romantic colors. But the creation of 1872 followed Sedan’s defeat: the public rejected Offenbach’s claim to do anything other than operetta. The score of Fantasio was recycled in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, then disappeared partly in the fire of the Opéra Comique.
Reconstituted in 2013, it is now entrusted to Laurent Campellone and Thomas Jolly, whose dramaturgical work was made public from its beginnings in 2015, with the “”Chronicles of Fantasio””.
The Opéra Comique creates Fantasio at the Théâtre du Châtelet, which will then close for work. Like the scaffolding, the collaborative spirit keeps the youth of the institutions… Did the Opera Comique not already live for eleven years in this same place of the Chatelet, end of the nineteenth century, for building site reasons? The story continues!”

Genre: Opéra
Director: Julien Condemine
Duration: 165 min
Format: 4K

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