Uplifted at Opéra de Massy !

All of us have opportunities in life to raise ourselves up … It's just a matter of how we go about it!

By Opéra de Massy

Les chevaliers de la Table Ronde, staging by Pierre-André Weitz, 2015 (2015/2016) by HervéOpéra de Massy

1/ A suitable costume

Dressed in heels and stripes, what could be a better way to join the dance and get a loftier perspective on things! There's no way Louis XIV—5.4 feet tall, with an added 5 inches of heel—would have disagreed!

Cosi Fan Tutte, staging by Luigi di Gangi et Ugo Giacomazzi, 2009 (2008/2009) by Wolfgang Amadeus MozartOpéra de Massy

2/ A touch of humor

Thanks to the astute use of cables, Ferrando and Guglielmo - the two lovers in "Cosi Fan Tutte" - make a direct landing on the stage ... Watch out, Despina and Don Alfonso!

Falstaff, staging by Jean-Louis Grinda, 2013 (2013/2014) by Giuseppe VerdiOpéra de Massy

3/ Deus ex machina

Need to adjust the lighting? Can't reach the rig? Step on the mobile platform! Nothing can stop our technicians - other than a little vertigo, perhaps… Did you know that no one is allowed up here without substantial training? It takes several technicians to handle the installation. Once you're up there, you're in a perpetual motion.

Un an d'opéra à Massy, juin 2014 (2014)Opéra de Massy

4/ Keyword : accessory

What could be better than a scarf fluttering delicately in the air to make us want to fly like a bird?

Quartet / Death and the Maiden, Julien Lestel Company , 2017 (2016/2017) by Franz SchubertOpéra de Massy

5/ Let yourself be carried away

We can always count on the Julien Lestel Company to give the choreography a little extra height. And to do it in style, of course.

Roméo et Juliette, staging by Paul-Emile Fourny, 2014 (2014/2015) by Charles GounodOpéra de Massy

6/ The perfect backdrop

“Oh speak again, bright angel, for thou art as glorious to this night, being o'er my head as is a winged messenger of heaven …” aka when body and soul achieve perfect harmony.

Don Pasquale, staging by Andrea Cigni, 2015 (2014/2015) by Gaetano DonizettiOpéra de Massy

7/ Back to childhood

Defying gravity from a swing. There's nothing faint-hearted about Norine from Don Pasquale! “I have a peculiar nature but a wonderful heart.”

Roméo et Juliette, staging by Paul-Emile Fourny, 2014 (2014/2015) by Charles GounodOpéra de Massy

8/ Traditional techniques

A good ladder and the support of the group, nothing beats teamwork!

The Pearl Fishers, staging by Nadine Duffaut, 2013 (2013/2014) by Georges BizetOpéra de Massy

9/ A tilted stage floor

A sloping stage allows better visibility for the spectators and enhances the sense of depth due to the effect of perspective, like a springboard to the audience!

Boléro, "Tous à l'Opéra" day, Julien Lestel Company, 2018 (2018-05) by Maurice RavelOpéra de Massy

10/ Defying gravity with an extravagant jump!

A step-by-step guide for aspiring dancers: switch the music on, start dancing, lose yourself to the rythm of Bolero, experiment intensely, and now leap - farther, higher!

The park, Rome Opera Ballet, 2018 (2018) by Angelin PreljocajOpéra de Massy

11. Did you think it was anything else?

As Victor Hugo once said: "Theater is not the realm of reality: There are cardboard trees, canvas palaces, a sky made out of rags, glass diamonds, gold made from sequins, there's paint on the peaches, rouge on people's faces, a sun that rises up out of the earth. It's the realm of truth: There are human hearts behind the scenes, human hearts in the auditorium, and human hearts on the stage."

Credits: Story

Virtual exhibition created and written by Eugénie Boivin for the Massy Opera House (Opéra de Massy).

Timeless, like a melody hanging in the air at the opera. Thanks to all the photographers (from Massy Photo Club and elsewhere!) who help us keep track of the moments that uplift us - both figuratively and literally - and allow us to share them with the public.

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