As of the 2020-2021 season, the Opéra national de Lorraine is setting up a lyric creation laboratory with the NOX (Nancy Opera Xperience). Its aim is to rethink the way an opera is produced by inviting artists to work over the long term, in an informal dialogue, elaborating a production in close association with the region. The result of the NOX is an experience that we wish to share with the public. For its first edition, we took as our starting point a very direct question we put to the inhabitants of Nancy: "Are you in love?".
This question became the new title of the project, initially entitled Les Voix de Nancy.
This is an opera about love. Like many operas, you might say? Except that this is not about a countess and her page, or a singer and a painter, or a womanizer with a thousand and three conquests, or any of the other characters who usually tread the stage. The stories in question here involve anonymous people whose only common denominator is that they live in the city of Nancy.
From the summer of 2019 to the winter of 2020, sound director Chloé Kobuta walked the streets of Nancy, collecting amusing, sad, tragic, tender, passionate, trivial or unusual stories from those whose paths she crossed:night birds haunting the streets of the Old Town, octogenarians dancing in the Pépinière park, taxi drivers navigating the boulevards, old ladies shopping at the supermarket or young mothers walking their children... All of them confided in the woman who describes herself, in her own words, as a "divulger of stories".
Composer Paul Brody has made the spoken word his playground. He is interested in the invisible music that hides beneath our every phrase: that intimate melody that reveals our emotional state, our origins, our past travels or our family history. For this creation, he collaborates with stage director Kevin Barz, whose original work is rooted in a profound reading of the music.
Because it is more than ever a creation in touch with our present, Are you in love? has adapted to the unprecedented situation we are living in by going completely digital and free. The stories collected from the people of Nancy are replayed and filmed across the city, in places as diverse as a café, a park or a supermarket ...: so many places of our urban mythology where meet, every day, without the know, thousands of destinies. A card distributed by the Opera allows you to find these scenes either on our website or by walking around and scanning the codes displayed in the corresponding places. In these confined times when our need to find ourselves is impossible to satisfy, we want to share with you this symbolic space and these common stories.
Êtes-vous amoureux ? - opéra interview
Nancy Opera Xperience #1
Created on 9 March 2021 at the Opéra national de Lorraine
Chloé Kobuta, based on interviews of inhabitants of Nancy conducted in collaboration with Alexandra Levinger
Orchestra and Chorus of Lorraine National Opera
Kevin Barz & Paul Brody
Guillaume Andrieux, Lionel Peintre, Pauline Sikirdji, Léa Trommenschlager
Under the initial impetus and with the complicity of David Marton