Master Péronilla

Maître Péronilla or La Femme à deux maris is a continuation of the lyrical works that Offenbach composed for his Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, which he inaugurated in 1855. Like Orphée aux Enfers or La Vie Parisienne, Maître Péronilla was titled opera food; name given by Offenbach himself to his comic operas whose dimensions go beyond the simple operetta. Master Peronilla is a parody of comic opera of the eighteenth century. It is a jumble of comic situations, misunderstandings, disguises, all in a framework hispanisant dear to the Parisian public of the time. The libretto of a certain Monsieur X. (the critics rightly attributed it to the composer) reminds us of the Marriage of Figaro. He portrays Manoëla engaged with two husbands: one she loves (Alvarès) and the other she exerts (Guardona); one married before the priest and the other in front of the notary. Manoëla is accused of bigamy and locked in a convent pending his trial during which Maître Péronilla, loving father and master chocolatier, then becomes a lawyer, saves the honor of his daughter and, thanks to a last subterfuge, gets to cancel the civil marriage. The music, light and removed, contains only few Hispanic elements, except La Malagueña of the second act, curled on the evening of the first. The refined tunes bear the signature of the composer and we particularly remember the heady melody of the Couplets du Chocolat de Péronilla. The rediscovery of this little-known page is urgently needed, as Palazzetto Bru Zane invites us to do, this time teaming up with the musical forces of the Orchester National de France.

 

Co-production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Radio France / Palazzetto Bru Zane

As part of the 7th Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane in Paris
France Musique records this concert.

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June 2019

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

The Théâtre des Champs- Elysées is undoubtedly one of the finest venues in Paris . Built in 1913 , it has the distinction of having been designed by a group of artists architects Henry Van de Velde and Auguste Perret , the painter and sculptor Antoine Bourdelle , the painter Maurice Denis , and the crystal- René Lalique to do mention the main ones . He was the first Parisian theater to be built entirely of reinforced concrete.

 

Restoration of the Great Hall devoted to operatic performances , symphony concerts and dance was decided in 1985. Two years later , on 23 September 1987, the theater reopened its doors , completely renovated. Fifteen years after this important work it was decided to undertake a new renovation campaign , but to prevent the complete closure of the theater for an entire season , work is now carried by step during the summer . Then it is to replace aging equipment , to remedy wear certain parts of the theater and improve spectator comfort and artists during their visit . Thus in recent years, including the work involved the renovation of marble facade, replacing the carpet in the room with wooden floors , installation of a new fully decorated wooden concert to a significant improvement of acoustics, the orchestra pit and stage below .

 

The Théâtre des Champs- Elysées is now a modern working tool receiving each year nearly 300,000 spectators and a few thousands of artists and collaborators.

 

The Théâtre des Champs- Elysées , the jewel of French architecture of the twentieth century, was in 1953 one of the first buildings of contemporary architectural heritage to be classified as historic monuments . Since 1970 the Caisse des Dépôts owns the entire building 15 avenue Montaigne and principal patron of the theater.

 

For over a century, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées has been the place where the most celebrated artists have come to make their names in Paris. The world’s finest orchestras and world-class soloists have always been a fixture at the Theatre. Théâtre des Champs-Elysées presents more than 200 concerts each year and is renowned for its outstanding performances of all genres, from classical music concerts and staged opera to contemporary dance and jazz.

 

How to reach us:
 

Subway: Alma-Marceau (line 9), Franklin D.Roosevelt (line 1), Pont de l’Alma (RER line C)

Bus: n° 42, 63, 72, 80, 92
Taxi station: Place de l’Alma, corner of avenue George V
Car park: Alma George V. The entrance is in front of n° 19, avenue George V
Fixed rate depending on the length of the performance. Payment upon entering.


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