A long-term, participatory and citizen-based approach
Each year, Lyrique-en-mer develops more cultural mediation actions that aim to connect audiences with the lyrical artistic offer. "Our mission!" according to Philip Walsh, Artistic Director and secondary resident in Belle-Ile since 2016.
At a time when an "All orchestra musicians" plan is being implemented and choral singing is being promoted in secondary schools, Lyrique-en-mer's historic partnership with the children of Belle-Ile's schools, enshrined in article 4 of the statutes, bears witness to the invaluable pedagogical experience that the opportunity to sing on stage in an opera with professionals represents for the island's children (following the example of Tosca in 2018).
Concert for our younger spectators 2019
Concert for our younger spectators 2020
Towards the so-called "impeded" public, a social and solidarity involvement is more and more requested from the artists because music helps to live... A partnership is now contractualized between Lyrique-en-mer and the hospital of Belle-Ile and its associated living places.
2019 Concert at the Belle-Ile hospital
2020 Concert at the Belle-Ile hospital
The “Venez Chanter!” day will be the third group participation concert organized by Lyrique-en-Mer. The soloists, the young artists and the 150 choristers will sing Handel’s Messiah accompanied by the festival orchestra under the direction of Philip Walsh. The fact of singing together in such a friendly and lively way, and sharing artistic, human and spiritual values highlights the contribution of each participant to the cultural life of the community. This is a truly unique experience which makes music something we can all share, our common heritage.
Since 2014 preferential ticket rates are available to permanent residents of Belle Isle to enable easy access to the concerts. This measure concerns between 1/5 and 1/4 of the total number of spectators. In 2020, Lyrique-en-Mer initiated the pre-recorded screening of the 2019-2020 Metropolitan Opera season (tickets 12€ and 15€) at the Rex cinema in Le Palais and also screens, free of charge to the public, “Opéra sur Écran(s)” (Opera on Screen(s)) with Puccini’s Madame Butterfly being shown on 16th June live from the Opera House in Rennes.
Lyrique-en-mer's membership of the Federation of Classical Music Festivals of Bretagne reinforces its regional affiliation and the opportunities for collaboration and sharing with other musical events in the area.
The stability of a controlled economic model (one opera and one church music work played each 4 or 5 times a year, plus an academy of 15 Young Artists) allows the development of complementary and qualitative "small forms": "Come and sing", various other concerts, recitals at the EHPAD and the FAM... It is a structuring and significant element with long-lasting public partnerships, and a constant and necessary search to enlarge the circle of individual donors, sponsors and patrons.