Le Corsaire

Le Corsaire
2022.04.20 - 04.24 Weekdays 19:30 / SAT 15:00, 19:00 / SUN 15:00 Opera Theater, Seoul Arts Center(SAC) 125min. (1Act 60min. | Intermission 20min. | 2Act 45min.) R- 10,000KRW / S- 80,000KRW / A- 50,000KRW / B- 20,000KRW / C-5,000KRW

 Music

 Adolphe Adam and others

 Original Choreography

 Marius Petipa

 Choreography

 Song Jungbin

 Dramatize

 Dayoung Jeong

 Composition & Arrangement

 Kim Inkyu

 Costume Design

 Luisa Spinatelli

 Lightig

 Ko Heesun

 Conduct

 James Tuggle

 Orchestra

 Korean Symphony Orchestra

 Artistic Director

 Kang Suejin

Le Corsaire

Le Corsaire
2022.04.20 - 04.24 예술의전당 오페라극장 125min. (1Act 60min. | Intermission 20min. | 2Act 45min.) R- 10,000KRW / S- 80,000KRW / A- 50,000KRW / B- 20,000KRW / C-5,000KRW

 Music

 Adolphe Adam and others

 Original Choreography

 Marius Petipa

 Choreography

 Song Jungbin

 Dramatize

 Dayoung Jeong

 Composition & Arrangement

 Kim Inkyu

 Costume Design

 Luisa Spinatelli

 Lightig

 Ko Heesun

 Conduct

 James Tuggle

 Orchestra

 Korean Symphony Orchestra

 Artistic Director

 Kang Suejin

ACT I

SCENE 1: On the High Seas

With Conrad at the helm, the corsairs are sailing across the high seas searching for treasure, when they spot a merchant ship from the Kingdom of Margentos. The corsairs attack the ship, and it surrenders. The captain of the ship tries to bargain for his life but Conrad, finding slave trade repulsive, executes him. Despite Birbanto the quartermaster’s dissent, Conrad liberates the abductees from their shackles. Ali and the other captives join the brotherhood of corsairs. With a bigger and stronger crew, Conrad and the corsairs set their sail again. 

 

 

SCENE II: Isle of Floriana

On the way back to their hideaway, the corsairs discover a small island named Floriana and drop their anchor on its shore. It’s a peaceful isle where the islanders are celebrating harvest. The corsairs join them in merrymaking. Among the cordial islanders, a girl named Medora captures Conrad’s heart. Meanwhile, the royal procession from Margentos, including the King, Prince Lanquedem, and the High Priestess Gulnare, disembarks. At the King’s behest, Gulnare gives her blessing on the isle. When Gulnare unveils herself, Medora is spellbound by her grace. Now that the blessing has been bestowed, the King demands that the islanders submit to Margentos and give their valuables as an offering. With nothing to tender, Medora and her friends offer a dance to express their gratitude. However, the King ignores their gesture and orders soldiers to bring them to Margentos. Once again, Conrad ignores Birbanto’s objection and brings the corsairs together to rescue Medora.          

 

SCENE III: The Kingdom of Margentos

The King, his courtiers, Medora, and her friends arrive in front of the Kingdom’s temple. At the temple’s gate, there are many who are in need but Gulnare is the only charitable soul. The corsairs watch from a distance and then disguise themselves as paupers to sneak into the temple. Once inside the temple, the King commands Medora and her friends to join the priestesses in performing the ritual of rain. As the priestesses dance, the sacred spring becomes more plentiful and flowers bloom.

 

When the ritual is over, paupers enter the temple to drink from the sacred spring. Recognizing the corsairs among the poor, Gulnare creates a diversion with Medora. However, Prince Lanquedem notices the commotion and tries to stop the corsairs. Conrad’s sword meets Prince Lanquedem’s and the combat ends with Prince Lanquedem’s mortal injury. Amid chaos, the corsairs escape with Medora, but Birbanto is arrested while coveting the temple’s treasures.

  



ACT II

SCENE I: Birbanto’s Betrayal

To avoid execution, Birbanto betrays the corsairs and pledges to the King that he would avenge the death of Prince Lanquedem. Gulnare secretly boards Birbanto’s ship to alert the corsairs of the peril that awaits them.

 

 

SCENE II: Draconovo the Pirate Island

The corsairs arrive at their island. They are in grief, believing that Birbanto is dead. But life goes on; they hold a feast to commemorate their safe return. Meanwhile, Birbanto infiltrates the corsairs’ hideaway. Gulnare finds Ali and forewarns him of Birbanto's betrayal. Unaware of Birbanto’s machinations, Medora and Conrad whisper sweet love in each other’s ears. When the lovers fall asleep, Birbanto creeps in and tries to kill Conrad. Just then, Ali comes to his rescue with the corsairs. Conrad and the corsairs battle against the forces of Margentos and Birbanto, who used to be one of their own. Conrad tries to make peace with Birbanto but fails--now he has no choice but to kill Birbanto.

 

 

SCENE III: Off to New Adventures

Taking no notice of Conrad’s heavy heart, the dawn breaks without fail. But Medora, Ali, and Gulnare are by his side. Now, it’s time for the corsairs to set sail again for new adventures.