Der Jasager/Der Neinsager

Kurt Weil

Based on the same gimmick as Alain Resnais’ film Smoking/No smoking (1993), this play presents its director with one fundamental trial: although the second part of the play initially re-enacts the first, the two plots diverging only when the protagonist says “no”, he must find a way to show us something different. Richard Brunel astutely and successfully meets that challenge.

Anaclase, Isabelle Stibbe

In his very first operatic creation, Richard Brunel immerses us into a touching philosophical tale.

Le petit Bulletin

Aptly interpreted by three soloists and thirty children from the children’s choir of the Opéra de Lyon, the two versions of the story segue each other neatly, forming two short parables that make us question the outcomes of our choices.

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Der Jasager/Der Neinsager (He said Yes/He said No)
Kurt Weil

Schuloper (school opera) in two acts

Libretto Bertolt Brecht, inspired by Taniko (Noh play, 15th century)

Music director Jérémie Rhorer
Director Richard Brunel
Set designer Anouk Dell’Aiera
Costume designer Denis Charlemagne
Lighting designer Mathias Roche,
Assistant director Grégoire Aubert
Dramaturg Mari-Noël Rio


Sophie Van De Woestyne,
Pierrick Boisseau
The young singers of the Maîtrise de l’Opéra de Lyon (children choir)
Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon
Produced by the Opéra National de Lyon – TNG, CDN de Lyon – Théâtre de la Renaissance

Remade at the Opéra de Rouen/Haute-Normandie
Musical director: Oswald Sallaberger


Estelle Kaïque,
Olivier Naveau
And the young singers of the Maîtrise de Seine-Maritime
Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen/Haute-Normandie