Camille Saint-Saëns’ Le Timbre d’Argent Directed By François-Xavier Roth
Drama and dreams impersonated, performed at the Opéra Comique
When the painter Conrad becomes ill from a fever, he becomes delirious and begins to have the most strange dreams. Soon, reality and real life become mixed. He believes a doctor has given him a magic silver bell, but has he become so ill he confuses art and reality… or is the silver bell real?
Le Timbre d’Argent is a truly beautiful and comprehensive piece of Romantic-style opera writing, which demonstrates Saint-Saëns’ broad understanding of orchestration and form. The parts of Circé and Fiammetta are played by Raphaëlle Delaunay, Conrad by Edgaras Montvidas, Hélène by Hélène Guilmette and Spiridion by Tassis Christoyannis. Will Conrad manage to shake this spell or will he be trapped in the abyss forever? To find out, sit back, relax and observe this masterpiece performed at the Opéra Comique.