Feb 17 2018
Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher

Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher

at Sanders Theatre

Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher (Joan of Arc at the Stake) is a large-scale dramatic production and is undoubtedly the Swiss/French composer’s most famous work. It has recently enjoyed renewed international interest thanks to global productions featuring the popular French actress Marion Cotillard. The drama takes place during the heroine’s last minutes on the stake, with flashbacks to her trial and her younger days. Honegger entitled his work a dramatic oratorio, adding speaking roles and actors. The work is a dramatic mix of Honegger’s eclectic score and sung/spoken libretto by poet/playwright Paul Claudel. Odyssey Opera’s performance will feature the voices of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum.

In Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher, written by Swiss composer Arthur Honegger with text by poet Paul Claudel, we see Joan as she is condemned to burn at the stake and sees her life flash before her eyes. With her confessor Brother Dominique reading from the book of her life, we see her trial and conviction, journeying all the way back to her pastoral and carefree childhood. In this dramatic oratorio, we experience the martyrs last moments through a striking combination of spoken word and music, including the electronic ondes Martenot, with a range of musical mediums spanning from plain chant, Baroque dance, and folk song to jazz rhythms, humming, shouting, and classical music of the 1930s

Admission Info

Tickets: $25-$100

Runtime: 80 minutes with no intermission

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Dates & Times

2018/02/17 - 2018/02/17

Location Info

Sanders Theatre

45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138