The Satin Slipper - Paris national Opera house (2021) - Le Soulier de satin - Opéra National de Paris - Bastille (2021)

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  • Production title :Le Soulier de satin - Opéra National de Paris - Bastille (2021)
  • Creation date :2021
  • Work - Composer :Le Soulier de satin - Marc-André Dalbavie
  • Opera house :Opéra National de Paris - Bastille.


World premiere from the work of Paul Claudel.

"The subject for the Satin Slipper comes from a Chinese legend about two celestial stars in love who, each year, having travelled far, manage to come within reach of each other without ever being able to come together from the disparate sides of the Milky Way.” So surmised Paul Claudel. The play, whose power of attraction has never wavered, occupies a special place in the theatrical repertoire of the 20th century: written between 1919 and 1924 and first staged by Jean-Louis Barrault in an abridged version in 1943, it would have to await Antoine Vitez to be performed in its entirety. That production, performed in the courtyard of the Palais des Papes in 1987, lasted over ten hours and marked an entire generation of theatregoers, including Marc-André Dalbavie.
Alternatively titled The Worst Is Not Always Certain, The Satin Slipper is an immense parable which alternates between the sublime, the comic and the disturbing. It is set in a specific era—the Spanish Golden Age—during which humanity experiences its first bout of “globalization”. Confronting a passionate desire for individual happiness, external imperatives and an aspiration for the universal, the work leads the spectator into a ongoing state hovering between hypnosis and joy. This new opera is the third world-premiere production commissioned by the Paris Opera for its cycle on French literature.

More information is available on the official website of the opera house.


May 29, 2021 15:00:00

June 05, 2021 15:00:00

June 13, 2021 14:30:00

June 19, 2021 15:00:00

June 26, 2021 15:00:00


Stanislas Nordey

Marc-André Dalbavie

Luca Pisaroni

Eve-Maud Hubeaux

Jean-Sébastien Bou

Marc Labonnette

Marc Labonnette

Marc Labonnette

Marc Labonnette

Eric Huchet

Marc Labonnette

Max Emmanuel Cenčić

Max Emmanuel Cenčić

Max Emmanuel Cenčić

Max Emmanuel Cenčić

Max Emmanuel Cenčić

Yann Beuron

Nicolas Cavallier

Nicolas Cavallier

Nicolas Cavallier

Vannina Santoni

Vannina Santoni

Julien Dran

Julien Dran

Béatrice Uria Monzon

Béatrice Uria Monzon

Béatrice Uria Monzon

Eric Huchet

Eric Huchet

Eric Huchet

Camille Poul

Work's characters list



Don Rodrigue

Doña Prouhèze

Don Camille

Le père jésuite

Roi d'Espagne

Saint Denys


Premier soldat

Deuxième soldat


Saint jacques


La Lune

Saint Adlibitum

Don Pélage

Don Balthazar

Saint Nicolas

Frère León

Doña Musique

La bouchère

Le Vice-Roi de Naples

Don Ramire

Doña Isabel

Doña Honoria

La religieuse

Le sergent napolitain

Saint Boniface

Don Rodilard

Doña Sept-Épées