FROM 3rd – 6th OF OCTOBER, watch The Beggar’s Opera at the Opéra des Nations. Almost 300 years ahead of a genre, which had a large following – and still does today – John Gay wrote the first musical comedy in 1728. He selected the best-known tunes from existing songs and put them into a satirical story, which took place among the dregs of London society – surrounded by thieves, pimps and prostitutes. This cynical world was governed by greed, crime and social injustice.
It would seem that nothing has changed since this work was written, a ballad opera, a theatre drama interspersed with popular tunes and clever songs. The themes presented in this work are still relevant today and continue to haunt the cinema and television – not to mention our daily life. Come and discover, or rediscover, a work, which enjoyed a tremendous success, when it was first performed and which has generated a number of theatrical and cinematographic adaptations. This is a new chance to get to know Robert Carsen and William Christie once again, as they continue their long and fruitful collaboration.
NOTE: English with French subtitles.
Tuesday, 3 October till Sunday, 6 October
Opéra des Nations