Alexandre Desplat

Stage Music

Silence

A chamber operina for 1 mezzo-soprano, 1 baritone-bass, 1 comedian and 10 musicians.

En Silence

Music by Alexandre Desplat, libretto by Alexandre Desplat and Solrey after Silence by Yasunari Kawabata.
With Camille Poul (soprano), Mikhail Timoshenko (baritone-bass) and Sava Lolov (comedian, narrator), and Ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin

World Premiere Tuesday Februari 26, 2019 at Grand Théâtre, Luxembourg

Silence is a short story by Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata whose subtle and nuanced universe, written in fluid and poetic prose, has inspired the duo of composer Alexandre Desplat and director-musician Solrey to create a chamber opera. At the heart of the story lies the creative process, the mystery of writing, death, life after death, of memory and the power of imagination. In this existentialist ghost story, a young writer goes to visit an older one who has suffered a stroke and can no longer speak or write and even refuses to make any facial expressions or gestures - as if the negation of himself had become his last affirmation. This silence leads the protagonists to engage in one-way conversations, in turn generating thoughts for the phantom patient. Composer, orchestrator, conductor and double Academy Award-winner, Alexandre Desplat is, with over hundred scores and numerous awards to his credit, one of the most worthy heirs of the French film scoring masters. Just as Kawabata's literature opens the reader's imagination to infinity, Desplat's cinema scores evoke evanescent melancholy, sustained emotions and subtle sensations and thus create the perfect connection to the invisible and intangible matter of this novella whose title is already very musical.

Director Solrey has gathered a team comprising Pierpaolo Piccioli to create this mysterious universe and Luxembourg's United Instruments of Lucilin will perform the music of this new chamber opera.

Music Alexandre Desplat
Stage Direction Solrey
Costumes Pierpaolo Piccioli
Movement assistant Mélanie Lomoff

With Camille Poul (soprano), Mikhail Timoshenko (baryton) and Sava Lolov (acteur, narrateur)
Ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin

Production Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
Coproduction United Instruments of Lucilin, C.I.C.T. - Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
In association with EdM Productions - Elisabetta di Mambro

At Grand Théâtre, Luxembourg, 1 Rond-point Schuman, L-2525 Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
In french, with subtitles in french and english
· Tuesday Februari 26, 2019 at 20:00 ˃ Reservations here
· Wednesday Februari 27, 2019 at 20:00 ˃ Reservations here
Estimated lenght 1:15 (no intermission)
Introduction to the opera 30 minutes before each show (in french)

At Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, 37bis Bd de La Chapelle, F-75010 Paris (France)
· Saturday March 2, 2019 at 20:30 ˃ Reservations here
· Sunday March, 3 2019 at 16:00 ˃ Reservations here

Quai de Scènes

A show by Dominique “Solrey” Lemonnier
Created on March 24, 2013 at Cité de la Musique in Paris by Traffic Quintet

Music: Alexandre Desplat
Video Images: Solrey
Scenography: Stéphane Vérité

'The Ghost Writer', excerpt from Quai de Scènes

Traffic Quintet and their Guests

Violin: Dominique Lemonnier, Thibault Vieux
Viola: Estelle Villotte
Cello: Raphaël Perraud
Double Bass: Philippe Noharet

Exceptionally featuring
Alexandre Desplat (flutes, glockenspiel, celesta)
and Alain Planès (piano, celesta)

Traffic Quintet avec Alexandre Desplat et Alain Planès
Concert Music

Sinfonia Concertante for Flute and Orchestra, inspired by Pelléas et Mélisande of Mæterlinck
commissioned by the "Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire", 2013

Interview by Eric Denut, for UMP Classical, May 15, 2013

Opéra

L'Opéra des Gueux (Beggar's Opera), Jacques Mornas, 1994

Ballet

Le Sirocco Bleu, Caroline Marcade, 1989

Théâtre

Intrigue, luxe & vanité (d'après L'Emberlificoteur de Carlo Goldoni), Adriano Sinivia, 2011

La Villegiature (Carlo Goldoni), Jacques Mornas, 2009

Papa doit manger (Marie Ndiaye), André Engel, Comédie Française, 2003

Inconnu à cette adresse (Kressmann Taylor), Françoise Petit-Balmer, 2001

Le Concert incroyable (Philippe Genty), Cie Philippe Genty, 2001

La ronde (Arthur Schnitzler), Jacques Mornas, 1998

La descente d'Orphée (Tennessee Williams), Jacques Mornas, 1995

Vol au dessus d'un nid de coucou (Dale Wassermann), Jacques Mornas, 1994

Vu du Pont (Arthur Miller), Jacques Mornas, 1992

L'Eventail (Carlo Goldoni), Jacques Mornas, 1990

La Nuit des rois (William Shakespeare), Jacques Mornas, 1988

Le Songe d'une nuit d'été (William Shakespeare), Jacques Mornas, 1987

Bettina (Carlo Goldoni), Jacques Mornas

Romeo & Juliette (William Shakespeare), Clown Kompanie, 1983