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A young boy argues with his mother, refuses to do his homework and flies into a tantrum, destroying the objects in the room around him. But in this childhood fable of enchantment, everything around the boy comes magically to life. Outside in the garden, he is also shunned by the animals and plants he has tormented and hurt, until he is forgiven after helping an injured squirrel. One of only two short operas composed by Ravel, L'enfant et les sortileges is both a delightful, whimsical fantasy and a profoundly moving response to the generational trauma of war, witnessed by both composer and librettist. Its exquisite, innovative score is filled with jewel-like surprises, perfectly capturing and deftly characterising talking animals and magical nursery furniture alike.

Music Ravel (1925). Lyrics Colette.

Archive listings for L'enfant et les Sortileges (The Child and the Magic Spells)

Work type: Opera or Operetta.


Sung in French with English titles. Playing as part of 'The Little Greats: Short operas with huge emotions' as a double bill on some dates with Pagliacci, Trial by Jury or Osud.Company Opera North. Conductor Aleksandar Markovic. Director Annabel Arden. Design Charles Edwards. Costume Hannah Clark. Lighting Charles Edwards. Choreographer Theo Clinkard. Performer Wallis Giunta (The Child). Performer Ann Taylor (His mother/Chinese cup/Squirrel). Performer Fflur Wyn (Fire/Nightingale/Princess). Performer Quirijn de Lang (Grandfather Clock/Tom Cat). Performer John Savournin (Armchair/Tree). Performer John Graham-Hall (Tea Pot/Tree Frog/Arthmetic). Performer Katie Bray (Louis XV Chair/Female Cat/Owl).
15 Nov 17 to 18 Nov 17The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L02109110854
9 Nov 17 to 11 Nov 17Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V570
listing details L01387278538
1 Nov 17 to 4 Nov 17Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
listing details L01837026958
28 Oct 17Hull New Theatre, Hull :: V934
listing details L01557153116
16 Sep 17 to 20 Oct 17Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds :: V975
listing details L01745140570


Finish time: 20:40 and 20:25. Sung in French with English supertitles.Producer Glyndebourne Opera. Conductor Robin Ticciati. Director Laurent Pelly. Design Barbara de Limburg. Costume Laurent Pelly (in collaboration with Jean Jacques Delmotte). Lighting Joel Adam. Company London Philharmonic Orchestra. Company The Glyndebourne Chorus. Performer Danielle de Niese (Child). Performer Elodie Mechain (Mother/Chinese Cup/Dragonfly). Performer Etienne Dupuis (Grandfather Clock/Tom Cat). Performer Lionel Lhote (Armchair/Tree). Performer Julie Pasturaud (Chair/Bat). Performer Sabine Devieilhe (Fire/Princess/Nightingale). Performer Hanna Hipp (Cat/Squirrel). Performer Francois Piolino (Arithmetic)/Frog).
8 Aug 15 to 30 Aug 15Glyndebourne, Lewes :: V671
listing details L571318058


Opera danceCompany Opera North.
20 Jun 02 to 21 Jun 02The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L0236611450

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