Few stories have stood the test of time quite like Joan of Arc. The short and magnificent life of the French patron saint has inspired a breadth of artistic productions—from opera to literature to film, and beyond— dating back to the early 1400’s.
Today, creatives from around the world continue to recast this classic tale of religious transcendence and martyrdom. The latest interpretation, Joan of Arc at the Stake, will feature the sounds of Arthur Honegger’s original oratorio— Jeanne d’Arc— with a performance lead by Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard.
For the show’s US premiere, director Côme de Bellescize will pair the theatrics of Cotillard and her stage partner Eric Génovèse with the New York Philharmonic, which staged the premiere of Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc in 1948. The new production debuted in 2012 at legendary conductor Seiji Ozawa’s Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto in Japan. Ozawa has performed the piece himself, and has consulted with New York conductor Alan Gilbert for his rendition.
In the same video where Gilbert spoke about his conversations with Seiji Ozawa, the Philharmonic’s conductor expressed excitement for Cotillard’s involvement and his thoughts on the musical score. “The reasons and potential benefits that can accrue from having the New York Philharmonic play opera are many.” Gilbert went on to say, “They [the Philharmonic] play the music so well, and it’s such a pleasure to hear.”
Combining one of the world’s leading orchestras with the star power of Cotillard and Génovèse has the opera world buzzing in advance of opening night at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall in June–a welcome injection of fresh energy to a story that traces back to the 15th century.
Wednesday, June 10th- Saturday, June 13th
Avery Fisher Hall
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023