K Ø U P L E S, 3 short opera

Menotti - Hindemith - Wolf-Ferrari - Markéas

K Ø U P L E S, 3 short opera

Maison de la Musique de Nanterre
operAct - Jeune Opéra Compagnie
Nicolas Farine
Stephan Grögler
Stephan Grögler
Véronique Seymat
Cyril MUlon
Charles Carcopino
Ronan Debois baryton, Gaëlle Méchaly Soprano, Nicolas Farine Direction musicale - Piano
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K ø u p l e s : Three lyrical short-operas sung in english, german and Italian 



In a ludicrous lyrical trilogy about conjugal life, the production deals with the risks and the erosion of the ‘he-she’ relation when submitted to an all pervading consumerism.The themes, definitely contemporary ones, will be set in a colourful decor inspired by the 70’s, it aesthetics drawn from the cosmic worlds devised by Cardin, Courrèges and Paco Rabanne, knocked about by original interludes by Alexandros Markéas and videos by Charles Carcopino.


The Telephon by American composer Gian Carlo Menotti, Hin und Zurück by German composer Paul Hindemith, Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’sIl segretto di  Suzanna: three works, sung in their original language, share a common distanced rereading of the great classic pieces of the opera and the theatre.

To deal with these mini-operas, Stephan Grögler chose the time period when artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein questioned the American dream confronted with the consumer society by glorifying tinned food and superb firings. Distancing himself from the original traditions by the stylized aesthetics of the visual dimension, he thus counterbalances the wild lyricism of the composers.


Kouples is conceived as a whirl, a parodic farce of the great lyrical dramas of the 19th century. Like a game of table-tennis, images, sounds, musique and films meet in a dense dialogue. The rhythm of the images echoes the music’s liveliness, the diversity of colours mirrors that of sounds and noise effects. The dynamic rhythm of the production originates in the dialogue between the auditive and the visual.



Création: Maison de la Musique, Nanterre 24 et 25.11.2017

Théâtre de Vanves 30.11.2017, MC Bourges 30 et 31.01.2018, La Barcarolle St-Omer 03.02.2018, Théâtre Valère, Sion (CH) 07.03.2018, Casino Théâtre de Rolle(CH) 09 et 10.03.2018, Maison des Arts Thonon-Evian 13.03.2018, Dôme Théâtre Albertville 20.03.2018, Théâtre de  Mézière(CH) 04.05.2018, La Chaux des Fonds (CH) 05.05.2018

Saison 2019 Théâtre de Cognac le 7 octobre 2018  Théâtre de la Renaissance Oullins  les 7, 8, 9 Mars 201



Une production operAct et Jeune Opéra Compagnie

En coproduction avec :

La Maison de la Musique de Nanterre, scène conventionnée,

La MCB° Maison de la Culture de Bourges / Scène nationale de Bourges,

La Mac Maison des Arts de Créteil 

Le Théâtre des Quatre Saisons, scène conventionnée Musique(s) de Gradignan

Avec le soutien de la fondation Orange /www.fondationorange.com

Avec l’aide d’Arcadi Ile-de-France

Avec le soutien de l’Adami et de la Spedidam

Avec le soutien de la Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Ile-de-France

Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication

Avec le soutien de La République et Canton de Neuchâtel et la Loterie Romande

Avec la collaboration du Carreau du Temple (Paris) et de La Maison de la Pub




A sparkling, funny, vintage, elegant and musically so successful nugget. . . KØUPLES is to the mischievous and unexpected. A very nice work by Stephan Grögler and his whole team. That's excellent! Bravo!
Gerard Lecointe Théâtre Renaissance OULLINS March 2019
Køuples is a thrilling trilogy about the case of the couple "with water - crossed out - in the gas. . ." A show sung to perfection in the spirit of a super energetic opera, Køuples would be a Feydeau under hallucinogen, a pop-art vaudeville, a crazy machinery set up like a Swiss cuckoo clock
Didier Lamare, Demi-Cadratin.fr
These three small operas are brilliantly performed in all their aspects: music, aesthetics, choreographed staging, interpretation. Congratulations to Gaëlle Méchaly and her partner Ronan Debois, to Nicolas Farine real "Fregoli";. . . What fun to see the atmosphere of the 60s and 70s revisited both by the costumes and these commercials from the 60s to the 70s. The mischievous "praise of tobacco"; in "Le secret de Suzanne"; which closes the show with a small note "politically incorrect"; adds an
Yannis Kokkos, stage director and set designer


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Maquette des costumes / Cynétique
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Maquette vidéo / Pop Art Effect
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K Ø U P L E S 3 opéras minutes