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publication : Tuesday 23 April 2013

L’Enfant et les Sortilèges

Children’s choir & soloists from the Maîtrise des Hauts-de-seine / Opéra National de Paris
Music Director: Gaël Darchen
Music by Maurice Ravel. Libretto by Colette

The eighty young singers of the Paris National Opera Children’s Choir present Maurice Ravel’s masterpiece L’Enfant et les sortilèges in a concert version as part of their Scottish Tour in July 2013. Just a few weeks before the grown-ups are on stage for the Summer Festivals, let’s meet the budding singers that could very much be the stars of tomorrow’s editions!

L’Enfant et les sortilèges is an operatic fantasia in two parts composed by Maurice Ravel in 1924, in collaboration with the author Colette. In his bedroom, a child rebels against his mother’s instructions. In a fit of anger he breaks everything on which he can lay his hands and then surveys the damage. Suddenly each broken toy, each vandalised piece of furniture and each maimed animal come to life to make it clear to him how selfish his behaviour has been.

With its 470 singers aged 7 to 25, the Maîtrise des Hauts-de-seine / Paris National Opera Children’s Choir is the largest choir of his type in France. Every season, 80 of them become the ambassadors of French vocal music abroad and go on an international tour with a programme of concerts or opera recitals. Over the past 15 year, the Choir have performed in over thirty countries worldwide and in some of the most magnificent venues, including the Ancient theatre of Petra in Jordan and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.


Concert version with piano

Wednesday 24th July, 6.30 - 8pm

Tickets: AF Members £5 / Non members £8
Bookings must be made at the Language Office of the Alliance Française in person or over the phone (0141 331 4080) by Friday 19th July 1pm at the latest.

If you’re unable to buy your tickets by Friday 19th July, please note that tickets will be available at the venue on Wednesday 24th July in the evening, £10/person and cash only.

Venue: St Mary’s Cathedral, 300 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G4 9JB ‎


The Choir will also perform in Edinburgh (St Mary’s Cathedral) on 22nd July, in Stirling (Albert Halls) on 23rd July and in Inverness (Eden Court) on 26th July.

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