The Fondation Etrillard has joined forces with the Concert Spirituel to reach a wider audience for the opera Echo et Narcissus by the composer Gluck. It will be performed at the Opéra Royal de Versailles in autumn 2022.
Created in Paris in 1779, Echo and Narcissus, inspired by the Metamorphoses of Ovid, is Gluck’s final work. Disappointed by the public's lack of enthusiasm for his work, Gluck returned to Vienna and stopped composing. As a result, Echo and Narcissus is largely unknown to the public, which is one of the reasons the Fondation Etrillard was keen to support the production of this opera. The Foundation collection features two tapestries on the theme, which will be exhibited during the concert to promote dialogue between music and tapestry.
Laurent Brunner - director of the Royal Opera and Château de Versailles Spectacles - and Hervé Niquet - musical director and founder of the Ensemble Le Concert Spirituel - revisit the last work by Gluck, resurrected for a concert at the Royal Opera of Versailles.
In the context of the opera "Echo and Narcissus" by Gluck given in concert version on Friday, October 21 at the Royal Opera of the Château de Versailles, two tapestries from the Etrillard Foundation's collection will be presented to the audience, notably by highlighting their link with this last work by Marie-Antoinette's protégé.