Opéra national de Paris ©Charles-Henry Bédué
Il Primo omicidio: Paris Opera
Palais Garnier, Paris - Main Hall
About the Event
Stage director Romeo Castellucci returns to the Paris Opera with this oratorio, exploring its metaphysical dimension and the role of evil within the divine plan. René Jacobs will conduct this rare Primo omicidio, performed here for the first time at the Paris Opera.
The murder of Abel by his brother Cain is one of those subjects that fascinated a century preoccupied by theological matters. That first murder was to engender all humanity and cast the ambiguous figure of Cain in the role of the father of civilisation. Stage director Romeo Castellucci returns to the Paris Opera with this oratorio, exploring its metaphysical dimension and the role of evil within the divine plan.
Home to the world-renowned Paris Opera, the Palais Garnier is a stunningly ornate theater completed in 1875 and named after its architect Charles Garnier. The eclectic decorative style typical for late 19th-century French architecture features an elaborate facade with sculptures and gilt elements.
In Italian with French and English surtitles
Il Primo omicido
Cast / Production
Conductor René Jacobs
Director Romeo Castellucci
Set design Romeo Castellucci
Costume design Romeo Castellucci
Lighting design Romeo Castellucci
Artistic collaboration Silvia Costa
Dramaturgy Christian Longchamp
Caino Kristina Hammarström
Abel Olivia Vermeulen
Eva Birgitte Christensen
Adamo Thomas Walker
Voce di Dio Benno Schachtner
Voce di Lucifero Robert Gleadow
Coproduction with the Staatsoper Unter Den Linden, Berlin and the Teatro Massimo, Palerme
Jacobs, Rene (Conductor)
René Jacobs came to fame as a counter-tenor but in recent years has become renowned as a conductor of Baroque and early Classical opera.
More recently, as a conductor, he has performed Orontea by Cesti, Xerse & Giasone by Cavalli, L'incoronazione di Poppea and Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria by Monteverdi, Flavio by Handel, Le Cinesi and Echo et Narcisse by Gluck, La Finta Semplice by Mozart. Two recent, highly-praised recordings of Jacobs has been of Cosi Fan Tutte and Handel's Giulio Cesare.
As a conductor, Jacobs regularly works with orchestras and ensembles such as the Concerto Köln, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin, Nederlands Kamerkoor and Rias-Kammerchor for recordings and concert tours, performing sacred music and oratorios.
Walker, Thomas (Soloist)
- Vermeulen, Olivia (Singer)
- Gleadow, Robert (Singer)
- Christensen, Brigitte (Singer)