Friday 2nd & Sunday 4th December 2011

Le Grenat, Théâtre de l’Archipel, Perpignan

Opera by Giuseppe Verdi

Compagnie Nationale Opéra Eclaté



RigolettoBased on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo, Rigoletto is considered by many to be one of Verdi’s operatic masterpieces, one of the best-known of  great chorus operas.

Interpreted by seventeen vocalists and twenty musicians, the story unfolds of Rigoletto, deformed and pathetic  court jester, Rigoletto, who helps his master, the Duke, to seduce the ladies, and publicly ridicules their distraught husbands and fathers – until everything changes when the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s own daughter, Gilda. As he struggles to save her from the Duke, fate steps in, and tragedy strikes.

Popular numbers in Rigoletto are the Duke’s  ‘La donna e mobile’ and  ‘Caro nome’ from Gilda.

More info:
‪Le Théâtre de l’Archipel‬
‪Avenue Général Leclerc‬
‪BP 90 327 – 66003 Perpignan cedex‬
‪Tel : 04 68 62 62 00‬
‪Email :‬



Le Théâtre de l’Archipel‬

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: Here you will be able to read more about “the grenat” and take a virtual tour of the site.‬

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