Mam'zelle Nitouche
by Hervé

Vaudeville-opérette in three acts and four tableaux by Hervé on a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Albert Millaud,
premiered on 26 January 1883 at the Théâtre des Variétés.

Even though it is not Hervé’s final composition, Mam’zelle Nitouche may be regarded as his musical testament, or at least his crowning achievement. The work, whose subject was based on the composer’s own life – a convent organist becomes a man of the theatre and composer of light music once night has fallen – skilfully blends the comic tone of the post-1870 period (as found in Lecocq, in particular), the spirit of café-concert revues and the breathless rhythm of the spoken theatre inherited from Labiche. Indeed, at its premiere in January 1883, the piece was entitled ‘comédie-vaudeville’, reflecting the central importance of its dramatic action, and the music was more specifically conceived to accompany witty comic ‘turns’ by soloists. The title role, in particular, is assigned a significant number of arias and duets to showcase the theatrical and vocal dynamism of Anna Judic, the first of a long series of stars to sing Mam’zelle Nitouche. The work’s success far surpassed Hervé’s hopes, and was prolonged in the twentieth century by a number of filmed adaptations, one of the last of which featured no less a star than Fernandel in the role of Célestin, originally played by Hervé himself. Mam’zelle Nitouche was translated into many languages, and is still present in the collective memory of older generations in Russia and Italy, for example.



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Production Bru Zane France
Co-production Angers Nantes Opéra / Opéra de Toulon / Opéra de Limoges / Opéra de Rouen Normandie / Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie / Opéra de Tours / Opéra Grand Avignon / Théâtre du Capitole
Costumes made by the Angers Nantes Opéra's workshops
Creative residency at Conservatoire Lully - Ville de Puteaux
Premiere on 13 October 2017 at the Opéra de Toulon
Score edited by the Palazzetto Bru Zane


Cast

Christophe Grapperon musical director
Pierre-André Weitz stage director
assisted by Victoria Duhamel
Pierre-André Weitz scenes, costumes and makeup
assisted by Pierre Lebon and Mathieu Crescence
Bertrand Killy lights
Iris Florentiny choreography
assisted by Yacnoy Abreu Alfonso
Antoni Sykopoulos coach master
Ingrid Chevalier floor manager
Nathalie Bègue dressing

Denise de Flavigny / Mam’zelle Nitouche Lara Neumann
Célestin / Floridor Damien Bigourdan / Matthieu Lécroart
La Supérieure / Corinne Miss Knife
Le Vicomte Fernand de Champlâtreux Samy Camps / Flannan Obé
Le Major, comte de Château-Gibus Eddie Chignara / Philippe Girard
Loriot Olivier Py
La Tourière / Sylvia Sandrine Sutter
Le Directeur de théâtre Antoine Philippot
Lydie Clémentine Bourgoin
Gimblette Ivanka Moizan
Gustave, officier Pierre Lebon
Robert, officier David Ghilardi
Le Régisseur de scène Piero (alias Pierre-André Weitz)

Calendar

October 7, 2018 - 3 pm Opéra Théâtre de Limoges, Limoges (France) buy tickets
October 9, 2018 - 8 pm Opéra Théâtre de Limoges, Limoges (France) buy tickets
November 23, 2018 - 8 pm Opéra Comédie, Montpellier (France) buy tickets
November 24, 2018 - 8 pm Opéra Comédie, Montpellier (France) buy tickets
November 25, 2018 - 3 pm Opéra Comédie, Montpellier (France) buy tickets
November 30, 2018 - 8 pm Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen (France) buy tickets
December 1, 2018 - 6 pm Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen (France) buy tickets
December 2, 2018 - 4 pm Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen (France) buy tickets
December 27, 2018 - 8 pm Grand Théâtre de Tours, Tours (France) buy tickets
December 28, 2018 - 8 pm Grand Théâtre de Tours, Tours (France) buy tickets
December 30, 2018 - 3 pm Grand Théâtre de Tours, Tours (France) buy tickets
December 31, 2018 - 7 pm Grand Théâtre de Tours, Tours (France) buy tickets
January 10, 2019 - 7 pm Opéra de Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland) buy tickets
January 11, 2019 - 8 pm Opéra de Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland) buy tickets
January 13, 2019 - 3 pm Opéra de Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland) buy tickets
March 16, 2019 - 8:30 pm Opéra Confluence, Avignon (France) buy tickets
March 17, 2019 - 2:30 pm Opéra Confluence, Avignon (France) buy tickets
May 11, 2019 - 8 pm Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse (France) buy tickets
May 12, 2019 - 3 pm Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse (France) buy tickets
May 17, 2019 - 8 pm Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse (France) buy tickets
May 18, 2019 - 8 pm Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse (France) buy tickets
May 19, 2019 - 3 pm Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse (France) buy tickets
June 7, 2019 - 8 pm Théâtre Marigny, Paris (France) buy tickets
June 9, 2019 - 8 pm Théâtre Marigny, Paris (France) buy tickets
June 10, 2019 - 3 pm Théâtre Marigny, Paris (France) buy tickets
June 11, 2019 - 8 pm Théâtre Marigny, Paris (France) buy tickets
June 12, 2019 - 8 pm Théâtre Marigny, Paris (France) buy tickets
June 14, 2019 - 8 pm Théâtre Marigny, Paris (France) buy tickets
June 15, 2019 - 8 pm Théâtre Marigny, Paris (France) buy tickets

Publications


Mam'zelle Nitouche by Hervé
Chœur et Orchestre de l’Opéra de Toulon
Jean-Pierre Haeck musical director


PALAZZETTO BRU ZANE (2017)

CD available on sale following performances

Extraits des Chevaliers de la Table ronde d’Hervé
Company Les Brigands
Christophe Grapperon musical director


PALAZZETTO BRU ZANE (2015)

CD available on sale following performances

Hervé par lui-même
Documents and texts presented by Pascal Blanchet

ACTES SUD / PALAZZETTO BRU ZANE
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About Mam'zelle Nitouche


Synopsis

Mam’zelle Nitouche, Hervé

Act One. Célestin is the organist of the convent of Les Hirondelles by day and a composer of operetta, under the pseudonym of Floridor, by night. He creeps back in from the rehearsals at the theatre of Pontarcy just in time to accompany his pupils in their hymn. [..]


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Hervé

Biography

Hervé, composer, librettist, actor, singer, stage director and opera company manager, is generally considered to be the father of operetta, although this title is sometimes given to his rival Jacques Offenbach, whose career ran in parallel to his. [...]


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Nitouche for all eternity

Pascal Blanchet

Lovers of Hervé who decide to take a stroll through his home town of Houdain (in the Pas-de-Calais département) may go to pay their respects at no.36 rue Roger Salengro, where the house in which the composer was born in 1825 is still standing. [...]


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