The Red and the Black

Release date
Palais Garnier
Pierre Lacotte
Jules Massenet
Musical direction
Jonathan Darlington

Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera

Paris Opera Orchestra

Palais Garnier
Photo credit
© Svetlana Loboff/OnP

Main informations

In the 1830s, during the period of the Restauration, Julien Sorel, an irresistible young 18-year‑old, experiences a meteoric rise. A protégé of the abbé Chélan, he gains access to the world of the aristocracy and finds himself at the very heart of the struggle for power. The Red and the Black is the story of a tumultuous life in which love proves to be the most dangerous of passions. Madame de Rênal and Mathilde de La Mole lead the protagonist through the twists and intrigues of a 19th century in which desire, politics and religion form the backdrop for a brilliant character study. In sumptuous sets and costumes which he himself has conceived, Pierre Lacotte, who reconstituted La Sylphide, Paquita and Coppélia, now offers us an entirely new creation based on Stendhal’s novel of the same name, accompanied by a musical anthology from Jules Massenet.

Artistic team


Ballet in three acts
Music / Jules Massenet
Arrangements and musical adaptation / Benoît Menut, Editions Artchipel
Libretto / Pierre Lacotte
After Stendhal

Choreography, set and costume design / Pierre Lacotte
Collaboration on set production / Jean-Luc Simonini
Costume Assistant / Xavier Ronze
Lighting design / Madjid Hakimi

Conductor / Jonathan Darlington
Paris Opera Orchestra

Presented by Aurélie Dupont,
Paris Opera’s Director of Dance


Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera


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