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Lyrical Baroque Ensemble

Livietta Livietto

G.B Pergolese

New creation available since January 2022

Burlesque disguises and tricks of all kinds, nothing is missing from "Livietta Livietto". After having delivered the major work of "Stabat Mater" by Pergolesi by combining dance and circus, Les Nouveaux Caractères embark on a new journey with this original creation.

This time they chose the opera bouffe interlude "Livietta e Tracollo" by the same great composer and invented a story in which two clowns are parachuted into the world of baroque music. The confrontation stings, makes sparks, casually questions freedom of expression and gender, only to end with an operatic fanfare. Available on stage from the 2022 season, this show is an experience that leaves no one indifferent, starting with those who play in it...!

The story

Livietta decides to hunt down and destroy Tracollo, an attractive brigand on whom she wants to exact her revenge, on the pretext that he stole from and seriously injured her brother. To trap him, she disguises herself as a French nobleman while he transforms himself into a female beggar to escape unharmed. Each of the two protagonists use tricks to get rid of the other one in a hilarious game of double cross-dressing. The intervention of two clowns does nothing to help an already complicated situation. Yet it is they who will find the key to the happy ending!

an undeniable energy during an hour full of pirouettes and digressions. " The Dauphine

You will know why the audience was still smiling when they left the room” Baronne Samedi

Baroque and clowns

The core of our creation Livietta e Tracollo is a comedic interlude that one could almost qualify as an operetta. It refers to fairground music or Commedia dell Arte of Italian origin as an inspiration, a stage art where the improvising performer respectfully plays with the framework set by the author-composer." Sébastien d'Hérin, conductor

"Traditionally marginal, the clowns echo the insolent and mischievous music of Pergolesi. In their naive language we find the stakes of power under the laughter, the nostalgia, and under the amorous intrigues. Thus the disguising of oneself, the inverting of roles, sexes, social hierarchies and the blurring of the boundaries between reality and imagination. From ancient rituals to queer performers and the fashion of castrati, this whimsical art shakes our traditions." Caroline Mutel - Director


From 7 to 77 years old

From "Livietta e Tracollo" by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Musical direction: Sébastien d'Hérin
Directed by: Caroline Mutel

Soloists: Caroline Mutel (soprano) & Arnaud Richard (bass)
Clowns: Nino (Lionel Riou) & Rosetta (Naton Goetz)

Violins: Armelle Cuny and Roxana Rastegar
Cello: Frederic Baldassare
Bassoon: Florian Gazagne
Harpsichord and organ: Sébastien d'Hérin

Scenography and costumes: Adeline Caron
Sound design: Félix Perdreau & Marc Baron
Lighting design: Valérie Sigward

With the support of the Vellein Scènes de la Capi (Isère 38), the Renaissance theater (Oullins 69) and the Cité de la Voix (Vezelay 89).
The project is also supported by the Ministry of Culture / Regional Department of Cultural Affairs Auvergne – Rhône-Alpes, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region and the CNM (National Center for Music) and SPEDIDAM.

Next concerts
June 8, 2022 - Labeaume