Wednesday 1st – Sunday 2nd February 2014
Le Grenat, Théâtre de l’Archipel, Perpignan
Sung in Italian with French subtitles
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica based on Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language dramatic play, La Tosca.
Puccini took four years to turn the original wordy French play into an Italian opera which premiered at a time of unrest in Rome, its first performance being delayed for fear of disturbances. Despite indifferent reviews from the critics, the melodramatic opera, containing torture, murder and suicide, as well as some of Puccini’s best-known lyrical arias was an immediate success with the public.
As Tosca begins, Napoleon Bonaparte is advancing with his army upon Rome. Bonaparte is the political enemy of Scarpia, and the hero of Cavaradossi and Angelotti.
Le Théâtre de l’Archipel
Avenue Général Leclerc
BP 90 327 – 66003 Perpignan cedex
Tel : 04 68 62 62 00
Email : email@example.com
Le Théâtre de l’Archipel
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s a theatre!
By Henry Shaftoe
The Théâtre de l’Archipel has landed in Perpignan and its autumn/winter season is a real treat.
Looking somewhat like the leftovers from an abandoned space station, or the giant contents of a child’s toy box tipped on to a site by the river Têt, the Théâtre de l’Archipel is in fact a recent project by celebrity French architect Jean Nouvel.
Love or hate the exterior look of the place, the auditoria it contains are excellent and the shows put on there are of the highest international standard. The biggest auditorium in the complex is called “Le Grenat” (the maroon blob in the picture) and I admit it took me a while to realise that this is a blatant visual reference to Perpignan’s reputation as the centre of garnet jewellery-making.
This is one of the finest performing arts complexes in France, with a performance programme to match, so if you have not already checked it out, I urge you to do so. More information at www.theatredelarchipel.org or call in (between 12.00 and 18.30) for their free 100 page brochure.
By Courtney O’Brien-Brown
There is an exciting new addition to the Perpignan skyline. If you have been to Perpignan in the last few months you would have noticed a large construction along Avenue Général Leclerc and a giant concrete bubble. This bubble is now ‘the grenat,’ a large theatre space accommodating 1100 guests and the venue of the Théâtre de l’Archipel. Designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, the theatre will bring a touch of prestige to the previously rundown edge of the city.
The new theatre and cultural precinct is designed to be an artistic & cultural hub for the city. Welcoming local and international artists, it is hoped the precinct will encourage a spirit of multiculturalism and social tolerance.
There is something for everyone in the season line-up including theatre, dance, circus, opera, classical & contemporary music, as well as a special programme for children. Some of the artists performing include Eric Cantona, Thomas Dutronc and Yael Naim. Ticket prices range from 11€ to 40€.
For ticket and performance information you can visit the theatre website: www.theatredelarchipel.org Here you will be able to read more about “the grenat” and take a virtual tour of the site.