Opera Prize 2020


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Point d’Orgue

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

Point dOrgue


A new opera
Point d’orgue is a new opera commissioned by the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées to the French composer Thierry Escaich and writer & stage director Olivier Py. They put their heads together to imagine a sequel to one of the most famous French operas of the 20th century, La Voix Humaine by Poulenc. What happens after that phone call? Point d’orgue tells the story of Him, Her, and “the other one.”

The backstory
Ever since Pascal Dusapin’s opera Passion was staged at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in 2010, we have aimed to follow in the footsteps of our famous predecessors who made our theatre a legend, from the creation of The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky to Varese’s Deserts.

20th century meets 21st
Thierry Escaich takes over from Francis Poulenc, with whom he shares the love of sacred art references and grand orchestration skills.

In the wake of Cocteau’s words, the story and libretto by Olivier Py, approved by the Cocteau foundation to be given as a counterpoint to La Voix Humaine, take the dialogue between two human beings on a new level of modern writing.

In the end, the two operas will become a unique creative work and will be staged during the same evening. They will be both staged by Olivier Py and conducted by Jérémie Rhorer, with Patricia Petibon, Jean-Sébastien Bou, and Cyrille Dubois in the main parts.

Le nouvel opéra Point d’orgue raconte la suite de La Voix Humaine de Poulenc, et les deux œuvres seront données au cours de la même soirée. Commandé par le Théâtre des Champs-Elysées au compositeur Thierry Escaich et l’homme de théâtre Olivier Py, Point d’orgue fait le lien entre le 20e et le 21e siècle, et imagine la suite des événements entre Elle, Lui et un nouveau personnage, l’Autre, qui apparaît après le coup de téléphone fatidique de Poulenc. Les deux opéras seront mis en scène par Olivier Py et dirigées par Jérémie Rhorer, avec Patricia Petibon, Jean-Sébastien Bou et Cyrille Dubois. 

Artistic Team

Olivier Py

Olivier Py

Stage and Design Director

Thierry Escaich - ©Sébastien Erome

Thierry Escaich


Jérémie Rhorer

Jérémie Rhorer


Patricia Petibon

Patricia Petibon


Jean-Sébastien Boux cc Matejalux

Jean-Sébastien Bou


Cyrille Dubois

Cyrille Dubois


Co-producing Partners

Opéra de Dijon


New York City Opera

United States


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