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Molière – Lully: George Dandin


  • From Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th 2022
  • Royal Opera
  • 2h without intermission
Accueil Molière – Lully: George Dandin 2022


Alka Balbir Angélique

Armel Cazedepats Clitandre

Michel Fau George Dandin

Philippe Girard Monsieur de Sotenville

Florent Hu Lubin

Anne-Guersande Ledoux Madame de Sotenville

Nathalie Savary Claudine

Ensemble Marguerite Louise

Gaétan Jarry Conductor and harpsichord

Michel Fau Stage direction

Christian Lacroix Costumes

Emmanuel Charles Sets

Joël Fabing Lighting

Véronique Soulier Nguyen avec la collaboration de la Maison Messaï Makeup, hair and wigs

Damien Lefèvre Assistant director

Jean-Philippe Pons Costume Assistant

Barthélémy Fortier et Sacha Vilmar Trainee assistant directors



On July 18th 1668, Molière and the Troupe du Roi performed George Dandin ou le mari confondu (George Dandin or the Confounded Husband) which met with great success. The comedy mixed with a pastoral sung by the Grand Divertissement Royal de Versailles was offered by Louis XIV to his court, to celebrate the peace of Aix-la Chapelle signed with Spain.

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The grating tale of a rich and obnoxious peasant who buys a young noble girl, is interspersed with elegant interludes where shepherds exchange gallant words to the splendid music of Lully. Molière tells us here with his devastating humour that marriage is a market in which love plays no part – since Dandin, by marrying Angélique de Sotenville, has exchanged his fortune for a title – and yet the groom is determined to claim his wife’s love and fidelity.


Even if the play remains immoral since evil triumphs, it says above all that one can buy everything except love… that’s where it remains timeless. Using the mise en abyme process to stage this painful, burlesque and obsessive fable, Michel Fau has chosen a baroque and nightmarish aesthetic with the complicity of Gaétan Jarry and the musicians of his Ensemble Marguerite Louise.


Produced by C.I.C.T. – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

Coproduction Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles, Théâtre de Suresnes – Jean Vilar, Théâtre de Caen, Atelier Théâtre Jean Vilar – Louvain-la-Neuve, Festival de Sablé – L’Entracte, scène conventionnée, Théâtre Impérial – Opéra de Compiègne

Action financed by the Ile-de-France Region

With the artistic participation of the Jeune Théâtre National

Acknowledgements Opéra national de Paris – Direction Alexander Neef, Opéra National de Bordeaux

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Musical comedy in three acts created at Versailles for the Grand Divertissement royal held by Louis XIV in 1668.


Performed in French without surtitles

The Royal Opera of the Château de Versailles

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