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L’enfant et les sortilèges

R. Serpa Pinto 9, Lisbon, 1200 442, Portugal
Dates and Times:
Monday 4th January 2017 at 20:00;
Tuesday 5th January 2017 at 20:00;
Wednesday 6th January 2017 at 20:00.

A disobedient child destroys and mistreats the surrounding objects. But these suddenly gain life and face the little rebel, rebuking him for his behavior that has long hurt and torments them. By realizing the consequences of their actions, the child, through a spiritual journey, knows love, friendship and forgiveness.
After L 'heure espagnole (1907), L ' enfant et les sortilèges is Ravel 's second and final foray into the realm of opera.
In 1914, Colette - who had always refused to write for the lyric theater - accepted the invitation of Jacques Rouche, director of the Paris Opera, to write the plot for a ballet whose music would be written by Ravel, a composer whom the writer greatly admired. In less than eight days, Colette writes a poem in prose that would become a libretto for a lyrical fantasy in two parts. However, it was only in 1925 that the opera would debut in Monte Carlo directed by Victor de Sabata and with sequences choreographed by Balanchine. Celebrating the mysteries of childhood told by Ravel's wonderful music, L 'enfant et les sortilèges will surely entertain children and adults. In a co-production of the Lyon opera premiered in 2016, Grégoire Pont's innovative and admirable work avoids easy special effects while remaining faithful to the text and music of one of the most fantastic and enchanting works of the operatic repertoire.
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