Le Papillon Noir



This opera composed by Yann Robin marks the reunion of the brilliant director Arthur Nauzyciel and the author Yannick Haenel after the Jan Karski performance (mon nom est une fiction). A creation that explores the carnal density of memories and emotions.

Coming home one night, straight after a car accident, a woman feels her memory coming back to the edge of her consciousness and remembers all the fragments that make up what one calls the self: the happy times and the bereavements, the emotions and the memories imbued with eroticism, the dark thoughts, the people close to her, her emotions when faced with art…

Like a stream of consciousness, Papillon Noir is sung in a continuous yet halting breath by the soprano Elise Chauvin. Punctuated by the echoes of the Bardo Thödol, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Papillon Noir is an operatic monodrama, for voice, instrumental ensemble, choir and electronic devices, that creates a dialogue between music and text, awakening and forgetting, the secular and the sacred.

State commission - gmem - Métaboles - Multilatérale with the support of the Fondation Ernst Von Siemens pour la musique. With Fonds de création lyrique and la Copie privée


Yann Robin

Les Métaboles (13 singers)
Ensemble Multilatérale

Yann Robin, music
Yannick Haenel, libretto
Arthur Nauzyciel, spacial installation

Elise Chauvin, actor - singer
gnem, live electronics
Léo Warynski, direction

Premiered on May 12th 2018)