15 December 2018
15 December 2018, 18:30

Senones – Mary, an opera in three acts

The association Scène 2, associated with the XXI.n ensemble, presents "Mary", a three-act chamber opera by Clara Olivares, inspired by the life and work of Mary Shelley (1797-1851), writer and author of the famous "Frankenstein".
Composed for 4 instruments, this chamber opera brings together a soprano, Annabelle Bayet who plays Mary Shelley and 5 puppets (Percy Shlelley, the husband, Victor Frankenstein La Créature, Mathilda and Lionel Verney) to whom the singer also lends her voice but transformed electronically in real time: Szuhwa Wu (violin), Pierre Fourcade (cello), Yannick Herpin (clarinet), Claude Georgel (saxophone).

Through this intimate show, which uses new musical technologies and puppets, Clara Olivares pays a strong tribute to Mary Shelley, a woman of science, literature and science. "While studying "Frankenstein" or "Le Prométhée moderne" written between 1816 and 1817, I was fascinated by the author's youth, by his interest in horror, by the scientific discoveries of his time around life, death and electricity and by the ethical questions they raised and still raise today," explains the composer. It is therefore at the heart of Mary's strange and so contemporary universe that this intimate chamber opera, conceived as a biopic, invites you to enter...