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Katia et Marielle Labèque

Trilogie Cocteau / Philip Glass

Katia et Marielle Labèque - Cyril Teste - Nina Chalot - Francis Kurkdjian
Salle des concerts - Cité de la musique
Duration: about 2h00 with 1 intermission



Philip Glass
Orphée, La Belle et la Bête, Les Enfants terribles
Suites pour deux pianos
Katia Labèque , piano
Marielle Labèque , piano
Cyril Teste , direction artistique
Nina Chalot , scénographie
Francis Kurkdjian , création de parfums
Mehdi Toutain-Lopez , création numérique, lumière

Katia and Marielle Labèque perform the suites for two pianos from the three operas making up Philip Glass’s Cocteau Trilogy in a staging designed by Nina Chalot and Cyril Teste, in harmony with a new fragrance by Francis Kurkdjian. 

His time in Paris studying under Nadia Boulanger (1964–1966) left Philip Glass with a love of French culture extending well beyond music. After his trilogy of portraits (Einstein, Gandhi and Akhenaton), Glass turned to the work of Jean Cocteau for his next operas, revisiting Orphée and La Belle et la Bête. He concluded the trilogy with Les Enfants terribles, a Cocteau novel at once tragic and frighteningly light, in which two children construct a consuming imaginary world within the four walls of their bedroom. A tale masterfully rendered by Glass’s colourful and infinite music, played here by Katia and Marielle Labèque, in artful alchemy with a delicate new fragrance by Francis Kurkdjian.

Produced by Philharmonie de Paris 

in co-production with Barbican, National Concert Hall - Dublin, Cité Musicale - Metz, Opéra National de Bordeaux, La Comète - Scène Nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne, Les Nuits de Fourvière.

With the support of Maison Francis Kurkdjian 

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