The Bloody Nun (La Nonne Sanglante)
Michael Spyres (Rodolphe), Marion Lebègue (The nun) © Pierre Grosbois
In a medieval Bohemia troubled by hereditary conflicts, Rodolphe defies his father and challenges his ancestors out of love for the rival clan’s daughter, offered as a pledge of peace to his own brother. But Agnès is astoundingly like the ghost who haunts Moldaw’s castle... La Nonne Sanglante inspired Gounod with his second opera. The prudish director of the Opéra cancelled it despite its polished, gloomy and labyrinthine score, serving a text that highlighted impulses still unexplored. The Opéra Comique has entrusted the revival of La Nonne Sanglante to three great enthusiasts of Romantic torments: Laurence Equilbey, David Bobée and Michael Spyres.