Les Chevaliers de la Table ronde: 29, 30 and 31 December at the Théâtre de Caen
Les Chevaliers de la Table ronde (1866) by Hervé
Opéra-bouffe in three acts
Version for 13 singers and 12 instrumentalists
Les Chevaliers de la Table ronde (The Knights of the Round table) is the first of Hervé’s great operettas, with which he launched the cycle of his four masterpieces (followed by L’Œil crevé, Chilpéric and Le Petit Faust). Rather than narrating the well-known adventures of Lancelot and Merlin, the opera stages an imaginary world rich with allusions to an enchanted Middle Ages.