• Hervé Niquet (c) François Berthier
    Hervé Niquet (c) François Berthier
Saison 2022-2023

Friday 9 June 2023, 8pm
Saturday 10 June 2023, 7pm
Sunday 11 June 2023, 3pm
Opéra royal du Château de Versailles 

Friday 9 June - '15 minutes with' at 7.30pm
(to be confirmed)

Hélène Guilmette Zélime
Jean-Gabriel Saint-Martin Husca & Florestan
Marie Perbost Almaïde
Pierre Derhet Saint-Phar
Enguerrand de Hys Tamorin
Robert Gleadow Osman Pacha
Lili Aymonino Esclave française
Chantal Santon-Jeffery Esclave italienne
Lucie Edel Esclave allemande
NN Osmin
NN Furville

Opéra Royal's Ballet
Le Concert Spirituel Choir & Orchestra
Hervé Niquet Music director
Marshall Pynkoski Stage director
Antoine Fontaine Opera sets
Camille Assaf Costumes
Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg Choreographer
Hervé Gary Lights
Elisabeth Geiger Singing director
NN Ballet pianist

Performance in French with French and English surtitles

Opera-ballet in three acts to a libretto by Étienne Morel de Chédeville, first performed at the Théâtre royal de Fontainebleau in 1783.

Watch out masterpiece resurrected!

La Caravane du Caire was a triumph at its premiere in 1783, and continued to resonate through the ranks of Napoleon's army with the chorus "La Victoire est à nous!" Grétry's colourful piece, with its patriotic accents, is a true hymn to France: in the sands of Egypt, the "brave Frenchman" Saint-Phar tries to free his beloved Zélime from the slave trader who is going to sell her to the Pacha, the real ogre of the fable!
Grétry's dazzling music constantly scores in this stylish entertainment! The rocky situations and ballets highlight a sparkling cast, a veritable gallery of characters carried off to a music-hall Orient by the winning duo of Richard Cœur de Lion by the same Grétry: Marshall Pynkoski and Hervé Niquet!

Coproduction Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles, Opéra de Tours
First performance on 24 April 2022 at the Opéra de Tours
Sets, costumes and accessories made in the workshops of the Opéra de Tours