THE RED AND THE BLACK / program / Palais Garnier / October 2021

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In the 1830s, during the Restoration, Julien Sorel, an irresistible young man of 18, experiences a meteoric rise. Protected by the Abbé Chélan, he enters the world of the aristocracy at the heart of power struggles. The Red and the Black is the story of a tumultuous life, where love proves to be the most dangerous of passions. Madame de Rênal and Mathilde de La Mole lead the hero through the twists and turns of the 19th century where desire, politics and religion are the backdrop for a lively character study. In sumptuous sets and costumes that he himself has imagined, Pierre Lacotte, who is responsible for the reconstruction of La Sylphide, Paquita and Coppélia, offers an entirely new creation based on Stendhal's novel, accompanied by a musical selection by Jules Massenet.

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