Contemporary music ensemble, Miroirs Étendus is led by the conductor Fiona Monbet and the pianist Romain Louveau. The company collaborates with artists from a range of artistic fields to pioneer new and contemporary approaches to opera, recital and concert. Miroirs Étendus is in residence with the Opéra de Rouen-Normandie, the Opéra de Lille and the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne.
Our team of talented artists work together to employ a variety of sound and specialisation techniques. Our productions are based on writing processes that treat both the stage and music as an open canvas – genres can range from contemporary to electronic. To us, opera is simply a musical way of telling a story; all other questions, such as ‘what’ and ‘how’, depend on the meaning we wish to convey.
Aside from musical shows Miroirs Étendus also presents recitals and concerts with a dramaturgic style of chamber music, elaborated by theatre directors. Miroirs Étendus’ seasons offer a new vision of opera by shaking up the classical repertoire, presenting contemporary works, creating new pieces, appealing to modern-day audiences and proposing dubbed chamber music and recitals.
Elsewhere is based on the story of the world’s first Soviet Commune outside the USSR, which existed for eleven days in the lunatic asylum of Monaghan town in Ireland in 1919. In a colourful and groundbreaking new opera, historical events unfold through the visions of a patient named Celine, who despite the passage of time remains locked in to this radical moment.
11.29.19 Work in progress presentation in Monaghan - Ireland
Un Conte d'hiver (A Winter's Tale)
Creation by Antonio Cuenca Ruiz
with soprano Elsa Dreisig, Hélène Maréchaux and Romain Louveau
A recital by three musiciens staged by Antonio Cuenca Ruiz, in an atmosphere of Shakespearean play.
12.6.19 Premiere in Opera de Rouen I 12.12.19 Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne
Orphée et Eurydice (Orpheus and Eurydice)
Opera after Gluck
by Othman Louati and Thomas Boubet
After Faust, an adaptation of Berlioz, the company continues its modern rediscovery of the traditional opera repertoire with french composer Othman Louati. The ensemble embodies the myth with both acoustic and electronic infernal explorations.
1.08.20 Premiere in Théâtre Rive Gauche (Opéra de Rouen-Normandie) I 05.15.20 Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne
by Othman Louati
The Ensemble brings together Gesualdo, Dowland, Berio and Kurtág in a chamber music recital that catch up with the imaginary of a religious rituel.
04.13.20 La Brèche Festival
Four musiciens of Miroirs Étendus, led by composer Othman Louati, join the french director Tiphaine Raffier and her eleven performers for her fourth creation - commissioned by the prestigious Festival d'Avignon.
Rehearsals : 09.19 Théâtre du Nord (Théâtre de l'Idéal, Tourcoing) I 01.20 Grand Sud (Lille) I 06.20 Théâtre Gérard Philippe (Saint-Denis)
Premiere : 07.20 Festival d'Avignon
The artistic committee
musical director, violonist, conductor
Fiona Monbet, the Franco-Irish violinist, was born in Paris in 1989. She graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where she studied classical violin under Alexis Galpérine and Ami Flammer, as well as the Centre des musiques de Didier Lockwood (CMDL), and the Lille Conservatory in orchestral conducting.
Launched by Didier Lockwood in the world of improvisation techniques and contemporary music, Fiona today works with a variety of artists from quite different horizons including Biréli Lagrène, Patricia Petibon, Pierre Cussac, Vladimir Cosma, and film director Tony Gatlif working on the sound tracks for three of his films (Indignez-Vous, Les Indignés, Geronimo).
In January 2018, Fiona joined the musical direction team of the Miroirs Étendus company, which includes her chamber music partner, the pianist Romain Louveau, to create the Miroirs Étendus orchestral ensemble made up of fifteen musicians.
Photo : Clémence Demesme
musical director, pianist
Romain Louveau is a French collaborative pianist born in 1989 who devotes himself to chamber music and the vocal repertoire. He has enjoyed recital partnerships with the most prominent musiciens of his generation, the soprano Elsa Dreisig and the mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik (they have recently recorded a disc of Mahler and Moussorgski), the pianist Susan Manoff, the flutist Mathilde Caldérini. He is one of the 2018 Orsay-Royaumont Academy laureates, which led, this year, to the release of an album with baritone Jean-Christophe Lanièce on the French label B-records. He studied at the Conservatoire de Lyon with Hervé Billaut, and in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris with Jeff Cohen. He has appeared at the Wigmore Hall (London), the Victoria de los Angeles lied festival (Barcelona), the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Auditorium of the Musée d’Orsay, the Opéra de Lille, the Opéra de Rouen etc. and has been a regular guest of France Musique. His love for theatre has inspired Romain’s involvement with numerous companies and artists from an array of disciplines. He is presently the musical director of the French opera company Miroirs Étendus, and is the cofounder of La Brèche Festival.
Photo : Victor Toussaint
Miroirs Étendus is associated with La Brèche festival, in residence with Opéra de Rouen Normandie and Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, funded and supported by DRAC Hauts-de-France, Conseil régional Hauts-de-France, Fondation Orange and Géra Architectes.
Romain Louveau, pianist
Fiona Monbet, violonist, conductor
Emmanuel Quinchez, founder
Othman Louati, percussionist, associate composer
Administration and production:
Anne Delmotte, production administrator
Flora Laborde and Romane Vanderstichele, production managers
Sofia Surgutschowa, artistic coordinator
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