“When staging a play by Feydeau, you only laugh the first three days”. Turns out that creating comedy is a serious business. A look behind the scenes of On purge bébé !, with director-librettist Richard Brunel and Mr. and Mrs. Follavoine: Jean-Sébastien Bou and Jodie Devos.
An opera about unbreakable chamber pots and fragile family relationships, about straggly Scottish isles and shifty smiles, about how the greatest ambitions can end in the smallest room in the house.... Read the synopsis of On purge bébé !.
On purge bébé ! will be opera number 8.5 for Philippe Boesmans at La Monnaie. It crowns an artistic collaboration of just under forty years. A brief overview.
"When Philippe Boesmans suddenly fell ill, he asked me to finish composing his opera. When I went to see him in the hospital to talk to him about it, I would never have imagined that just hours later, he would be gone."
In anticipation of Pinocchio, a team from La Monnaie followed the Belgian composer Philippe Boesmans for more than a year. Together, they took a look at his extraordinary career, from the very beginning in his home town, Tongeren, to the rehearsals for Pinocchio in Aix-en-Provence.