Measure for Measure


BENJAMIN DUPÉ / creation

Benjamin Dupé, artist in residence at the Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil, has specially written an opera for the young singers of the Maîtrise de Radio France – Bondy, based on an original libretto by Marie Desplechin. Unique.

It all begins like an adventure story. A children’s choir is stranded on a desert island on Christmas Eve. What will happen to these young singers left to their own devices? This fable on the loss of childhood and the learning of what is called “growing up” was written by Marie Desplechin, known for her novels for young readers. At first lyrical, the tone then veers to humorous and finally to tragic. A musical show that is by no means reserved for “children”: it surprises the ears, whatever our age, letting us savour a music that is both cutting edge and gratifying.


Born in Normandy in 1976, Benjamin Dupé studied music at the Nantes Conservatoire (guitar and composing), then at the Paris CNSM (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique / Higher National Conservatory for Music). He was taught by guitarist Alberto Ponce, composer and improviser Alain Savouret and stage producer Georges Werler. After he graduated from the Paris Conservatoire in 1999, he chose to devote himself entirely to musical creation, developing a polyvalence in the skills he uses : instrumental and electroacoustic writing, improvisation and performance, realization and programming of technological devices… Being close to the living performance scene also enables him to question the representation of contemporary music and invent new forms distinct from the traditional concert.


with the singers of the Maîtrise de Radio France - Bondy
musical direction Morgan Jourdain
instrumental ensemble L’Instant Donné

design, music and staging Benjamin Dupé
original booklet Marie Desplechin
scenography Olivier Thomas
light Christophe Forey
costumes Marion Poey
collaboration with the movement Ana Gabriela Castro
staging assistante Maud Morillon
technical direction Julien Frenois
sound Arnaud de la Celle

coproduction Comme je l’entends, les productions, théâtre de Caen, Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil — CDN, Ville de Marseille – Opéra, Pôle Arts de la Scène — Friche la Belle de Mai, Théâtre Durance, scène conventionnée de Château-Arnoux — Saint-Auban, Grand Théâtre de Provence, Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence, L’Instant Donné, Maîtrise de Radio France | This project benefits of the assistance to the writing of an original musical work of the State, the support of the Orange foundation under the patronage of music and the one of Onda for performances at the Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil.