The White Horse Inn is the last Berlin operetta of the interwar period. It is a hybrd work that mixes Tyrolean folklore, Viennese operetta, Berlin cabaret tunes and dance hall numbers. The arrival of eccentric clients from the south of France breaks the serenity of a charming establishment in the Austrian Alps, and the once civilised party becomes a free-for-all.
Translated into many languages, its French adaptation was performed more than 1,700 times at the Théâtre du Châtelet with Bourvil in the role of Léopold.
Interlaced tunes by Robert Stolz and Robert Gilbert
Musical adaptation by Paul Bonneau
French adaptation by Lucien Besnard – Lyrics by René Dorin
First performance on September 29, 1968
Published by Raoul Breton
Director of the Tours opera and regional symphony orchestra from 1999 to 2016, Jean-Yves Ossonce was invited to conduct numerous operas in a wide repertoire with orchestras in Europe, on the other side of the Atlantic, in South Korea and in China. He has recorded, among other things, works by Magnard, Massenet and Ropartz. His work was awarded in 2008 and 2014 by the Syndicat de la Critique Musicale et Dramatique with the prize for best lyric performance in the region. In recognition of his career, he received the 2016 Grand Prix de la Presse Musicale Internationale. He is a knight of the Legion of Honour.
At the Opéra de Lausanne: Così fan tutte (2006), Monsieur de Pourceaugnac (2007), Madama Butterfly (2009), L’Aiglon (2013), and Faust (2016).
Born in Marseille, Gilles Rico studied music and philosophy before taking a doctorate in medieval philosophy at Oxford University. In parallel to his academic career, he turned to opera directing, first working as an assistant for various European opera houses and festivals. He has collaborated with directors such as Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser, Joël Pommerat, Tom Cairns, Dmitri Tcherniakov, Jérôme Deschamps, Andreas Homoki, David McVicar, Damiano Michieletto, Robert Carsen, James Gray and Katie Mitchell. In 2016, Gilles Rico directed the world premiere of Maria Republica by François Paris at Angers-Nantes Opéra, which received the Prix de la Critique 2016. He also directed Un dîner avec Jacques, a show based on Offenbach produced by the Opéra-Comique and the Musée d’Orsay, which was then taken on tour in France. He directed the participatory opera Tistou les pouces verts by Henri Sauguet at the Opéra de Rouen, then staged Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio at the Philharmonie de Paris. Recently, he directed Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon at the Opéra de Lausanne and the participatory opera Les petites Noces after Mozart at the Rouen Opera, at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and on tour in France. As a librettist, Gilles Rico wrote the libretto of La Princesse Légère by Violetta Cruz, a commission from the Opéra Comique and the Opéra de Lille, and the libretto of the chamber opera Les rois mages by Fabian Panisello, which he also directed in Madrid and Nice. Among his projects are the revival of Les Rois mages at the Dubai Expo, the staging of Benatzsky’s L’Auberge du Cheval Blanc at the Opéra de Lausanne, the world premiere of Zad Moultaka’s Hémon at the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg and the staging of Don Giovanni at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg.
After studying political science and piano, Fabienne Conrad made her debut in the title role of La Traviata. Since then, she has sung on many European stages roles such as the Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Juliette (Romeo and Juliet), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Mimì (La bohème), Micaëla (Carmen), Princess Marie de Gonzague (Cinq-Mars), as well as the title roles of Lucia di Lammermoor, Manon, Mirelle and Madama Butterfly. She has also collaborated with Jesús López Cobos, Cyril Diederich, Myung-Wung Chun, Robert Carsen and Vincent Boussard. Fabienne Conrad has been invited by Alain Duault for a series of recitals ” Maria Callas, une passion, un destin “, in partnership with Radio Classique, and has also sung during the show ” Musiques en fête ” live on France 3 and France Musique. In the pipeline: the roles of Liù (Turandot), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) or the title role of Tosca.
Mathias Vidal graduated from the Paris Conservatory in 2003, after studying musicology in Nice. He has been celebrated for his performance in numerous baroque operas, such as those of Monteverdi, Purcell, Rameau , Lully, Cavalli, or Campra. Vidal offers interpretations of the Light Music repertoire, the great works of the romantics and bel cantos, as well as twentieth century and contemporary works. He has recently appeared in title roles including: Orlando Paladino (Haydn), The Count Ory (Rossini), Cinq-Mars and Faust (Gounod), and Der Zwerg (Zemlinsky).
Patrick Rocca is an actor and lyrical singer. He has appeared several times in front of the cameras of Georges Lautner and Bertrand Tavernier, as well as in several films and television series, including Baron Noir, Candice Renoir, Crimes parfaits and most recently in Garder ton nom directed by Vincent Duquesne. As a singer, he was Javert in Les Misérables then Albin in La cage aux folles at the Théâtre Mogador. He plays Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Jupiter (Orpheus in Hell), Agamemnon (La belle Hélène) and General Boum (The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein).
At the Opéra de Lausanne: Calchas in La belle Hélène (2008), Ribeira’s Don Andrès in La Périchole (2009), Baron Popoff in La veuve joyeuse (2014) and Baron Gondremarck in La vie parisienne (2016).
He has also participated in numerous movie shoots in recent years, including Republican Gangsters, Candice Renoir, Caïn, Tomorrow is Ours, and Garder Ton Nom, directed by Vincent Duquesne.
Clémentine Bourgoin began by learning to play the cello before she studied singing and drama. She has performed in French and European opera houses, notably in Hervé’s trilogy of operettas directed by Pierre-André Weitz: The Knights of the Round Table, Mam’zelle Nitouche, and soon V’lan Dans l’Oeil at the Opéra de Bordeaux in 2021. She has recently sung La Pastourelle and the bat in Ravel’s The Child and the Spells at the Opéra de Limoges, and La Princesse in the chamber opera of Olivier Py L’Amour Vainqueur, currently touring internationally and in Lausanne in January 2022.
Julien Dran discovered singing thanks to his parents, who were opera singers themselves. He studied at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux and the CNIPAL national opera centre in Marseille, after which he was quickly working in more important roles such as Le comte Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Fenton (Falstaff), and Tebaldo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi). In 2013, he won the Julián Gayarre International Singing Competition in Pamplona, chaired by Teresa Berganza. He has performed in France and other countries in Les pêcheurs de perles, in the title-role in Fra Diavolo (Auber), as Lindoro (L’Italiana in Algeri), and as Bénédict (Béatrice et Bénédict). His plans include taking on parts in Robert le Diable at La Monnaie, Il duca di Mantova (Rigoletto) in Massy, and the title-role in Faust by Gounod. He will sing the part of the viceroy of Naples in the world premiere of The Satin Slipper (Paul Claudel) at the Opéra Bastille in 2021.
At the Opéra de Lausanne : Paris in La belle Hélène (2019)
Guillaume Paire then studied at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève in the class of Gilles Cachemaille and then perfected his skills with Sherman Lowe in Venice. He joined the Academy of the Festival of Aix en Provence and the Rencontres Lyriques de Genève.
Member of the Rouen Opera Company from 2010 to 2012, he is Papageno in Die Zauberflöte directed by W. Kentridge.
He made his debut at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels as the Gendarme in Les Mamelles de Tiresias by Francis Poulenc. He played The Director in the same work under the direction of Daniel Kawka at the Opéra de Lausanne.
During the 20/21 season, Guillaume will present his first musical one-man show LE BLUES DU PERROQUET at the Opéra d’Avignon and at the Opéra de Saint-Etienne.
After a bachelor’s degree with Brigitte Balleys at the HEMU, Sophie Negoïta completed her master’s degree with Barbara Bonney at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She made her debut as Pamina (Zauberflöte) and Mrs.Coyle (Owen Wingrave, Britten). Future projects will lead her to perform frequently abroad.
For the first time ever at the Opéra de Lausanne. Jean Miannay began singing opera at the Conservatoire de Nantes in Natasha Siehoff’s class. After two years, he went on to study musicology in Lille and joined Françoise Semellaz’ class. During those years, Jean performed roles such as Tamino in Mozart’s La flûte enchantée, Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande by Debussy, Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart.
In 2017, he took part in the International Opera Festival of Belle-Île en Mer, and joined Brigitte Balleys’ class at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne, where he is currently enrolled. He is a Colette Mosetti foundation award-winner in 2018. He sang the role of the Prince in Pauline Viardot’s Cinderella at the Opéra de Lausanne. Winner of the 26th Clermont-Ferrand International Singing Competition in 2019 for the role of Beppe, he also won the Grand Prix du Concours Raymond Duffaut at the Opéra du Grand Avignon.
Yuki Tsurusaki joined the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne in the class of Hiroko Kawamichi, where she obtained her Master’s degree. She won the Mosetti grant in 2014, as well as the Virginia Zeani competition in Turin, the Leopold Bellan competition in Paris, the Lavaur competition in Toulouse, and she recently won the first prize at the Vienne en Voix competition in Vivonne. She plays the role of La Gazelle in Les Zoocrates, by Thierry Besançon, as well as in Die Fledermaus, staged by Adriano Sinivia and under the baton of Frank Beermann, both at the Opéra de Lausanne. She also performed the roles of Micaëla and Frasquita in Carmen de Bizet, having prepared the roles with Béatrice Uria-Monzon and Antoine Palloc. This season, we will have the pleasure of hearing her sing at the Opéra de Lausanne in Benatzky’s The White Horse Inn.
The Opéra de Lausanne Choir is young, made up of students of singing from Lausanne’s University of Music and the Geneva HEM, and professional singers. Its members are selected by audition and periodically reheard. For each opera, they are distributed depending on their voice and/or aptitudes. Thanks mainly to their talent on stage, supported by an infectious enthusiasm, they are highly appreciated by all the theatre directors invited. For a few years the choir has benefitted from preparation by several experienced choir masters from different backgrounds, chosen depending on the works being sung and their specific interest.
A graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre de Lyon, Bruno de Lavenère has designed sets for opera, dance and theatre. In 2014, the Professional Union of theatre, music and dance critics awarded him the prize for best creator of stage objects in the opera category for his stage design of Doctor Atomic in Strasbourg. He has worked with Richard Brunel, Frédéric Roels, Lucinda Childs, Jean-Louis Grinda, Renée Auphan, Gilles Rico, Julien Ostini, Jean-Romain Vesperini, Waut Koeken and Max Emanuel Cencic.
His most recent creations include Il Trovatore in Lille and in Luxembourg, Don Giovanni, Così fan Tutte and Norma in Rouen, Quai Ouest, Farnace, La vie Parisienne and Cav/Pag in Strasbourg, The Sleeping Beauty in Basel, La belle Hélène at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Maria Republica andLittle Nemo in Nantes, as well as Mozart et Salieri in Lyon. For the 2017-18 season, he has worked on productions of Philémon et Baucis in Tours, Norma in Mascate, Siegfried and Faust in Saint-Étienne, Carmen in Hong Kong, La Bohème at the Bolshoï in Moscow and Nabucco in Saint-Petersburg.
At the Opéra de Lausanne: Siroe (2016), La vie parisienne (2016), La donna del lago (2018).
Karolina Luisoni studied fashion at the Cracow College of Art and Fashion Design (SAPU), Poland. She pursued her education in the field of costumes and textiles at the University of Huddersfield, England. In 2013, her final project “Doctor Faustus” received a special award from Sir Patrick Stewart and an award from the Northern Society of Costumes and Textiles. In 2015 she won an international costume competition organised by Luc Besson, for his movie, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”.
In 2019 her costume “Mephistopheles” has been exhibited in the Historical State Museum in Moscow as a part of the “INNOVATIVE COSTUME OF THE 21st CENTURY: NEXT GENERATION” exposition. From 2015 she has been working at the costume department of the Lausanne Opera where she has been designing and supervising costume making for the new productions. In 2017, she was the costume assistant for the production of Don Giovanni and designed the costumes for Cendrillon in 2018.
In recent years in Europe, David Debrinay has mainly created lighting in theater, dance and opera for Lucinda Childs, Max-Emmanuel Cencic, Jakob Peter-Messer, Nicola Raab, Jean Lacornerie, Laurent Brethome, Jean-Claude Berutti, Alejandro Cerrudo, Davy Brun or Jonah Bokaer.
In 2018, David Debrinay created LAM, a lighting design studio of which he is the artistic director. With this studio, he designs lighting worlds in the field of luxury events by collaborating with Hermès, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Jonathon Beck (New York), K2 and WB (Shanghai) or Once (Beirut).
He entered the National School of the Paris Opera in 1997 and then joined the Rudra Béjart School with which he participated in several shows and international tours. He made his first professional experience with the Compagnie Buissonnière in Parce que je t’aime, presented at the Théâtre de Vidy. While multiplying his contracts as a dancer, he was introduced to the world of opera as a stage manager, and then became assistant director for La bohème, Nabucco and Carmen at the Avenches Opera Festival. Recently, he created the choreography for My Fair Lady at the Opéra de Marseille, and for Un Ballo in Maschera for the Opéra de Nancy, Opera Zuid and Angers-Nantes Opéra. He currently devotes himself to the creation of choreographies, plays and stage productions.
At the Opéra de Lausanne, Jean-Philippe Guilois has worked as assistant director or choreographer for Alcina (2011), My Fair Lady (2015), La vie parisienne (2016), Don Giovanni (2017), Cosi Fan Tutte (2018) and Les chevaliers de la Table ronde (2019).