ROBERT CARSEN

THE BEGGAR´S OPERA

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ballad opera by John Gay and Johann Christoph Pepusch 
in a new version by Ian Burton and Robert Carsen 
stage direction Robert Carsen
musical conceptionWilliam Christie

with
Robert Burt Mr. Peachum
Beverley Klein Mrs. Peachum / Diana Trapes 
Kate Batter Polly Peachum 
Benjamin Purkiss Macheath
Kraig Thornber Lockit 
Olivia Brereton Lucy Lockit 
Emma Kate Nelson Jenny Diver
Sean Lopeman Filch / Manuel
Gavin Wilkinson Matt 
Taite-Elliot Drew Jack / Prison guard
Wayne Fitzsimmons Robin 
Dominic Owen Harry 
Natasha Leaver Molly 
Emily Dunn Betty
Louise Dalton Suky 
Jocelyn Prah Dolly

direction and harpsichord Marie van Rhijn
with the musicians of the ensemble Les Arts Florissants
Théotime Langlois de Swarte violin I
Martha Moore violin II
Sophie de Bardonnèche alto
Elena Andreyev cello
Douglas Balliett doublebass
Anna Besson traverso, flute
Vincent Blanchard oboe
Marie-Ange Petit percussions
Massimo Moscardo archlute
musical researche Anna Besson and Sébastien Marq
music score edition Pascal Duc (Les Arts Florissants)

set James Brandily 
costumes Petra Reinhardt 
choreography Rebecca Howell 
lighting Robert Carsen and Peter van Praet 
dramaturgy Ian Burton
associate director Christophe Gayral 
assistant director Stéphane Ghislain Roussel 
make-up/wigs Marie Bureau du Colombier 
sound design Léonard Françon
casting director David Grindrod CDG 
surtitles Richard Neel
costumes intern Jana Höreth
set design intern Ava Rastegar

production C.I.C.T.– Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
coproduction Les Arts Florissants with the help of CA-CIB; Angers Nantes Opéra; Opéra de Rennes;
Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Théâtre de Caen; Edinburgh International Festival; Festival di Spoleto; Centre Lyrique Clermont-Auvergne; Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège; Opéra de Reims / La Comédie de Reims CDN; Teatro Coccia of Novara; Teatro Verdi of Pisa; Attiki cultural Society; Cercle des partenaires des Bouffes du Nord
with the generous support of KT Wong Fondation
set construction Angers Nantes Opéra

technical manager Marie Wild
stage manager and props Paul Amiel
stage manager Adrien Meillon
light manager Christophe Mallein
sound manager Paul Boulier
make-up/hair/wigs Véronique Pfluger
costume supervisor Elisabeth Jacques
surtitle operator Adrien Leroux
My Own Epitaph - John Gay
"Life´s a jest, and all things show it.
I thought so once, and now I know it".

Written by John Gay in 1728, The Beggar´s Opera is widely considered to be the first musical comedy, and one that pre-empted by about 300 years the current vogue for « jukebox » productions, which create a plot to fit around hit songs. Gay took some of the best-known tunes of his day, both classical and popular, and worked them into a savagely satirical tale set amongst London´s thieves, pimps and prostitutes.
Wildly popular from its first performance in 1728, it has been the basis for numerous stage, musical and cinematic adaptations ever since. It explores a cynical world where capitalist greed, crime and social inequality are the norm. All politicians and officials are, by definition, corrupt, and there is nothing to do but join in if you want to get ahead.
Sounds familiar? Indeed nothing much has changed since the work had its premiere, and the themes of The Beggar´s Opera are those which continue to obsess modern television and cinema. In this production we hope to try and match the transgressive mood and restless energy of the original. As Gay with razor sharp observation has one of his characters say at the beginning of Act III: Lions, wolves and vultures don´t live together in herds, droves or flocks. Of all animals of prey, man is the only sociable one. Every one of us preys upon his neighbor, and yet we herd together.
Robert Carsen

INFORMATION

06 July
19:30
Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
TICKETS
BUY
stalls I sector € 90,00
stalls II sector € 75,00
stalls box and I circle box central € 65,00
stalls box and I circle box lateral € 50,00
box II and III sector central € 50,00
box II and III sector lateral € 40,00   
gallery € 25,00
07 July
17:30
Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
TICKETS
BUY
stalls I sector € 90,00
stalls II sector € 75,00
stalls box and I circle box central € 65,00
stalls box and I circle box lateral € 50,00
box II and III sector central € 50,00
box II and III sector lateral € 40,00   
gallery € 25,00
08 July
15:00
Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
TICKETS
BUY
stalls I sector € 90,00
stalls II sector € 75,00
stalls box and I circle box central € 65,00
stalls box and I circle box lateral € 50,00
box II and III sector central € 50,00
box II and III sector lateral € 40,00   
gallery € 25,00

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