Le Domino noir

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Conductor : 
Patrick Davin
Director : 
Christian Hecq, Valérie Lesort
Choirmaster : 
Pierre Iodice
Artist : 
Anne-Catherine Gillet, Cyrille Dubois, Antoinette Dennefeld, François Rougier, Marie Lenormand, Laurent Kubla, Sylvia Bergé, Laurent Montel
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Dates : 
Fri, 23/02/2018 to Sat, 03/03/2018

Last performance at the Opera : First time!.

In Madrid, Angèle is a young novice nun from an aristocratic family who disguises herself to attend, incognito, a ball held by the Queen of Spain. Seduced by the handsome Horace, she tries her utmost to flee this guilty love, by entering the convent to pronounce her religious vows and become the abbess. However, the Queen decides to grant her the husband of her choice… Horace!


Le Domino noir (The Black Domino) after which the work is named is a carnival costume made up of a long dress right down to the feet and also with a hood. It is the ideal disguise for going unnoticed. It foretells the many misunderstandings and much confusion that enliven this (very!) comic opera. It was the biggest success of Auber who achieved, in 1837, after Fra Diavolo, La Muette de Portici (The Mute Girl of Portici) and before his Manon Lescaut, performed on our stage in spring 2016, one of his finest scores: sparkling, joyful and full of invention. The work went on to be performed more than one thousand times in the 19th century! Paradoxically, The Black Domino has disappeared from modern stages and, over the last 20 years, has only been performed once, in 2003 in Venice. Although it was performed in Liege as early as in 1838, the adventures of Angèle and Horace have not delighted the people of Liege since. And yet, the arias are appealing, full of virtuosity and brimming with spirit. The Black Domino is a new co-production with the Opéra Comique and will be reserving its first performance for Liege!


All opera performances are preceded by an introduction to the show that is open to all. The appointment is set 30 minutes before the performance in the company of a lecturer for a presentation that is pertinent to the work.