Les Contes de l'Arbre Roi
Drawing: Jean-Claude Servais (© Clic Music - JC Servais)
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Music: Daniel Schell
Libretto : Daniel Schell & Jean-Claude Servais. With the poems of Jacques Lacarrière and Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Decorations: Jean-Claude Servais
The booklet of the opera is based on the comics ‘Déesse blanche, déesse noire’ of Jean-Claude Servais
Good and bad characters make a symbolical race to the King Tree - l'Arbre Roi -, tree of the good and the evil, located at the end of a large forest. The Gaya fairy drives their fate and regulates their ambulations. To achieve the goal of their search they cross the forest and meet a whole series of mythical characters, the geniuses of the forest. The ones are spirits of the good, the others are the evil and this duality gives its dynamics to the history.
The deep roots shelter the geniuses of the evil. They continuously try to slow down our heroes. On the opposite, the upper branches are the habitat of the gentles. Eventually, above the branches are the crowns, unfortunately out of the range of the small world of the forest. All inhabitants, however dream to reach them.
The moss is a network which covers the forest. It spies the traveller, attracts and captures his thoughts. It is at the same time bed and woman, moist, green and suave. It is a sea of intelligence. What it learns here is immediately transmitted over there. Thanks to the moss, true web of the forest, all is known everywhere.
Unfortunately, the King Tree has got a mysterious disease, and it is followed by the other trees of the forest. MAud will try to save them. She will dance with Beth le Bouleau (the Beech). She and her boyfriend Vivian, will fight against Vanessa and Jack who have brought the mysterious disease to the Forest.
|Maud:, 18 years old, fairy comes from the human world||soprano|
|Vanessa 18 years old, witch comes from the human world||alto|
|Vivian, friend of Maud||tenor|
|Jack, friend of Vanessa||barytone|
|The fairy Gaya||Alto|
|The guard of the jewels||Counter-tenor|
|Anicet the Imp, spirit of good||Counter-tenor|
|Malicious the Troll, esprit du mal||Barytone-Bass|
|The little fairy Incantadès, spirit of good, at the orée of forest||Coloratur|
|The Roots, water plagues, evil spirit||Barytone-bass|
|The Branches, spirit of good||Counter-tenor|
|Tourmentine, diabolic grass tuft adhesive walkers||Alto|
|The Ogre, short-sighted giant||appeared|
|The Ogress, she keeps her seven children in her skirt so that the ogre (who sees nothing) does not eat them||Barytone-bass|
|The 7 childrens of the ogress||Small chorus of childrens|
|The Couzzietti : cursed bramble which hangs the feet of the walkers||Barytone-bass|
|The Red Bonnets, cruel beings which soak their cover-chief in blood.||Counter-tenor, coloratur|
|The Moss, spirit of the good, natural network circulator of the news in the forest. Corrode also the bars of the prisons.||Counter-tenor, alto|
In total, the booklet is written in order to cumulate the following roles:
Coloratur: Incantandès fairy, Red Bonnets
Alto: Fairy Gaya, Tourmentine; the Foam.
Counter-tenor: the Guard of the jewels, Anicet, Branches, Red Bonnets , the Foam
Baritone Bass: Malicious the Troll, Roots, Ogresse, Couzietti.
The characters of the forest can thus be only allotted to 4 singers.
The total staff complement of the singers soloists is thus 8:
Coloratur, soprano, mezzo, alto, counter-tenor, tenor, baritone, baritone-bass.
Excerpts have been created in the Ville de Rambouillet in April 2006:
Mathilde Sevrin: soprano
Gregory Decerf: barytone
Ensemble du Conservatoire Royal de Mons.
Direction & piano: Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven.
Pauline Lantin, clarinet.
Hoat N'Guyen, violin.
Angélique Charbonnel, cello.
Christofel Delaat, double-bass.
Jerome Baudart, percussion.
With the financial support of the Ville de Rambouillet.
Simultaneaous creation: Espace Senghor, Brussels.
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