Comic Concert

A dazzling production that blends physical comedy with some of classical music’s most recognizable pieces. 


L’Arsenal à Musique presents Comic Concert, a musical journey where performance art is set to and inspired by famous works from celebrated operas such as Carmen, Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro, La Traviata. 


Our story centres on three quirky characters who find themselves embroiled in a comical story of romance and competition. 
When two clumsy musicians vie for the attention of a beautiful demoiselle, who in turn pines for the orchestra conductor in the orchestral version and the pianist in the version with two pianos, they will find themselves entangled in a hilarious romantic triangle where unexpected twists of burlesque and buffoonery await our lovable characters at every turn. 


A funny tale of whimsy and adventure that will charm and captivate musical novices or anyone wanting to experience their instrumental favourites in a brand new way!

Duration

60 minutes

Language

universal, without words

Age

8 years old and up

Available versions

  • 3 actors and symphony orchestra

  • 3 actors and piano duo

Technical Rider

TEAM

Creators

 

Artistics Directors
Reggi Ettore 
Lorena Corradi

Musical Director & Transcription
Gilles Bellemare

Script & Stage Direction
Yves Dagenais

Costumes
Michel Vaudrin

Production
L’Arsenal à musique

Performers

François Isabelle 
Audrée Soutière 
Luc Van Ameringen

Pianists

Irina Krasnyanskaya 
Jean-Fabien Schneider

MUSICAL REPERTOIRE

Transcription

Gilles Bellemare

Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmilla, Overture 
Rossini: La Cenerentola, Non più mesta 
Verdi: Il Trovatore, Fosche 
Bizet: Carmen, Danse Bohème 
Mozart: The Marriage Of Figaro, Overture 
Verdi: La Traviata, Libiamo 
Rossini: The Barber of Seville, Largo al Factotum 
Rimsky-Korsakov: Tale of Tsar Saltan, The Flight Of The Bumble Bee 
Wagner: Die Walküre, The Ride of the Valkyries 
Puccini: Tosca, E lucevan le stelle 
Bizet: Carmen, Toreador 
Puccini: Turandot, Nessun dorma 
Mozart: Don Giovanni, Finch’han del vino 
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, Intermezzo 
Verdi: Rigoletto, La donna è mobile 
Offenbach: Orphée aux Enfers, Can can

INSTRUMENTATION

2222-4231-timb. 2 perc. hrp. strings

2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo) 

2 oboes (2nd doubling English horn) 

2 clarinets 

2 bassoons 

4 horns 

2 trumpets 

3 trombones (2 tenor and one bass) 

1 tuba 

timpani 

2 percussionnists 

1 harp 

string quintet