Really Spicy Opera: "Émilie, ou La Belle Esclave"
« "Émilie, ou La Belle Esclave" Protected content a unique, 1-act comédie lyrique written by André-Modeste Grétry and Nicolas-François Guillard.
Free admission upon reservation here:
Created to raise French morale during the American Revolutionary War, the opera extols the virtues of French culture and identity. It was produced just once – victim, among other things, of the burning of the Théâtre du Palais-Royal, which destroyed the opera's lavish sets and costumes.
Grétry wrote Émilie under the patronage of Marie Antoinette, to whom he taught its music so that the queen could perform it at a private salon.
Emilie and her family are captured by pirates. Bainval offers to release Emilie and her mother, but he requests that she marries him and abandon her lover Dorville. Who will conquer this impossible situation: love, or freedom?
The concert will be followed by a discussion in English.
The audience will be able to ask questions in French.
Please note: This Opera will go ahead as scheduled in spite of the strikes. Tram T3a functions as usual. Stop: Cité Université.
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