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VenueThe National Opera House
Other spaces: Wexford Opera House, Theatre Royal
From20th October 2001
To4th November 2001
WhenOct 20,23,26,29, Nov 1,4 at 20:00
PricesFrom £63.49. To £76.18.
What is currently on at The National Opera House (V1850998411)


In Paris at a Bohemian gathering hosted by the sculptor Caoudal, Jean Gaussin, young and recently arrived from Provence, is feeling homesick and out of place. He is struck by the arrival of Fanny Legrand, referred to by the artists as 'Sapho' after a famous sculpture fashioned by Caoudal in her likeness. Fanny talks the impressionable Jean into leaving the party with her. Jean's parents visit him in Paris when they come to collect his cousin Irene. When they leave Fanny returns and they declare their passionate love. a year later and the two lovers have been living quietly outside Paris. Eating at a nearby restaurant Jean is spotted by Caoudal who asks if he is still with Sapho. Jean is puzzled and then shocked as he realises that Fanny and Sapho are the same woman. He flees the restaurant and Fanny turns on the artists accusing them of ruining her only chance of happiness. Packing to leave Jean finds a box that contains the souvenirs of Fanny's past. She begs him to stay while he reads her letters appalled at what they reveal. Fanny attempts to defend herself but they exchange bitter insults and Jean leaves. Back in Provence his father announces that 'Sapho' is there to see him. Fanny tells Jean that she has been miserable since they separated and she wants him to return. His parents order him inside and Fanny returns to Paris discouraged and desperately unhappy. Jean follows her to Paris unable to live without her. They fall into each other's arms and exhausted he falls asleep. Fanny, knowing that he will never truly be able to put aside her past, tiptoes away, leaving him forever.
Music Jules Massenet

Archive :: production:T302672868, opera or operetta:S1086133318, venue:V1850998411

Production details

Sung in French


Producer Wexford Festival Opera
Company Wexford Festival Opera Chorus
Company National Philharmonic Orchestra of Belarus
Conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud
Director Fabio Sparvoli
Design Giorgio Ricchelli
Costume Alessandra Torella
Lighting Giuseppe Di Iorio
Performer Giuseppina Piunti (Fanny Legrand)
Performer Brandon Jovanovich (Jean Gaussin)
Performer Agata Bienkowska (Divonne)
Performer Nicola Alaimo (Cesaire)
Performer Ermonela Jaho (Irene)
Performer Luca Salsi (Caoudal)

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