Vote for me!
Louis XIV and Napoleon understood very well just how effective music – and especially the popular genres of chanson, opéra-comique and operetta – could be as weapons of political propaganda. It comes as no surprise that the nineteenth century, which saw so many conflicting regimes succeeding each other, should offer an almost infinite repertory of satirical or demagogic pieces on the theme of elections and sovereignty. This recital, Votez pour moi!, invites the listener to witness the exercise of rhetoric, popular complaint and deceitful manipulation. A personification of France will be torn between two candidates in the impending elections, one more of a charlatan than a technocrat, and the other more of a seductress than an economist. Any resemblance to persons living or dead will, of course, be purely coincidental.
Arias from operettas and political songs about the elections and the art of government
Works by SERPETTE, OFFENBACH, BOILEAU, SAINT-SAËNS, VIGNIX, LECOCQ, HYSPA, HERVÉ, ROSE, BRUANT, OUDOT, ARNAUD, REVAL, BOISSIÈRE…
The France Lara Neumann
The Feminist candidate Ingrid Perruche
The Politician cum magician Arnaud Marzorati
Mélanie Flahaut flute, flageolet and bassoon
Pierre Cussac accordion
Daniel Isoir piano
Flannan Obé artistic collaboration and staging