“LES LARMES D’EUGÉNIE”
Nouvelle Comédie de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
October 21st, 2021
Project development: 8 months
“Les Larmes d’Eugénie” (“Eugenis’s tears”) is an opera written by Mélanie Laurent in 2020 for the Haute Joaillerie Gala held at the Grand Palais in Paris.
“At the time, the novel coronavirus was spreading around the world, leading to a series of cancellations and growing sadness and cultural frustration.
Eugenie and Igor, the two protagonists of the piece, were already written, composed and ready to love each other, but were desperately waiting to meet, tragically separated in their story, but also in life, which was taking a tragic turn… It seems their love will conquer all, and tonight, for the first time, they will finally save and love each other on stage, before your very eyes.
After a heart-rending, months-long absence of shows, we now know how essential it is to be moved, to travel, to escape.
More than ever, we need to dream – together.”
It was with these words, on the evening of October 21, 2021, that Mélanie launched the one and only performance of this aquatic opera of a new kind.
We worked with Mélanie and her team on the scenography and realization of her creation, devising the most beautiful of settings: a stage made entirely of water and equipped with a pit and special effects, a stage cage offering several projection surfaces, and a high-performance 3D flight system.
To round off our artistic collaboration, we also undertook the design and production of the 3D audio and video-mapping.
An opera by Mélanie Laurent
Libretto: Mélanie Laurent and Jocelyn Lagarrigue
Music: Jérôme Billy
Director: Mélanie Laurent
1st assistant: Morgan Perez
Singers and musicians
Eugénie: Elena Stikhina
Igor: Francesco Demuro
Sailors’ Choir: Rémy Corbier, Stéphane Hézode, Jean-Baptiste Alcouffe
Limay children’s choir, choral director: Viki Durivault
Pianist: Damien Lehman
Violinist: François Sochard
Eugénie: Stéphanie Troyak
Igor: Or Schraiber
Aerial choreography: Jeff Odet assisted by Yoann Benhamou
Aerial performers: Quentin Signori, Charlotte Michelon, Marion Verd
Mely Productions, Jacques Royer
Les Petits Français
Scenography, artistic collaboration, and content production
Martin Arnaud: Scenography, artistic collaboration
Dulcie Best assisted by Anne-Marie Baron
Philippe Berthomé assisted by Yves Mangin
Pool and water effects
Local production and DMC
Front of house, stage management, and set construction
Nouvelle Comédie de Genève