“NOT DAM DE PARI” – THE CONQUERED WORLD MUSIC ABOUT LOVE
The musical Notre Dame de Paris is, above all, a spectacle. And this is fifty songs about love, amazing voices, melodic music that combines French chanson and gypsy motifs. Notre Dame captures from the first second. From the first second until the curtain. Now it’s hard to find a person who wouldn’t hear about the musical or listen to the musical itself, if not all, then at least passages, possibly without even realizing that it was Notre Dame de Paris. It is safe to say that this musical is the most recognized and best known in the whole world. And the leading performers won worldwide acclaim.
The fame of the musical spread well before the premiere on September 16, 1998 in Paris. The official premiere was preceded by a disk with the songs of the musical, which made a splash, having won the heights of various charts in many countries. The most famous song of the musical “Belle” became an independent world hit and received several music awards. Of course, after such success of the released album, the premiere was waited impatiently, and not in vain. The musical was a huge success and even hit the Guinness Book of Records as the most visited in its first year on stage.
It can be said that the success of Notre Dame de Paris was predetermined. It was based on the ingenious work of Victor Hugo’s “Notre Dame de Paris”, music for the musical was written by the most talented Italian-French composer Riccardo Cochcante, the author of the libretto was Luc Plamondon, known worldwide for his huge contribution to music. He is even called the Most Popular and Greatest Francophonie Lyric. If you add to this the star cast of the musical and the excellent coordinated game of the participants, it becomes clear why the queues for ticket offices are formed, and the audience comes to see Notre Dame for the second, and sometimes even the third or fourth time …
“Notre Dame de Paris” – the story of the creation of the musical
Based on the novel Notre Dame de Paris, several films were created, and even a cartoon. For several centuries, the story of the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda and the hunchback Quasimodo has taken the readers and spectators of the whole world to their hearts. Luke Plamondon also decided to devote a musical to this tragic story. In 1993, Plamondon made an approximate libretto for 30 songs and showed it to Kochchant, with whom he already had experience working together (“L’amour existe encore”, performed by Celine Dion). The composer has already prepared several melodies: “Belle”, “Le temps des cathédrales” and “Danse mon Esmeralda”. The authors worked on the musical for 5 years. 8 months before the official premiere, a CD with studio recordings of 16 theatrical songs performed by musical artists, with the exception of Esmeralda’s parts, was released. This album rocket soared to the top of the charts, and singers became stars in an instant. The composition “Belle” was written by the very first and became the most famous song of the musical.
Having won tremendous success in his native France, the musical began its triumphal march around the world. Brussels and Milan, Geneva and Las Vegas. Notre Dame de Paris was the first French musical to make a breakthrough on the American stage. Broadway viewers are accustomed to the fact that the best musicals are created by compatriots. And although Notre Dame did not break into Broadway, but into Las Vegas, the success of the musical was undeniable.
The premiere of Notre Dame de Paris in Russia took place on May 21, 2002. The sensational musical was staged at the Moscow Operetta Theater. Julius Kim, who translated the French libretto, compares the work on the text with hard labor. When it was only announced that work had begun on the Russian version of the musical, the authors began to receive translation options from both professional and non-professional poets. And some translations were so good that Julius Kim agreed to include them in the final version. Thus, in the final version of the musical, Susanna Tsiryuk became the author of the translation of “Belle”. Her translation of the compositions “Live”, “Sing to me, Esmeralda” was also included. And the song “My Love” was translated by a fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Dasha Golubotskaya.
“Notre Dame de Paris” – the plot of the musical
After the death of her mother, the gypsy Esmeralda was under the care of the gypsy king Klopen. A camp of gypsies is trying to enter Paris to take refuge in Notre Dame, but they are driven out by the royal soldiers. The captain of the shooters, Phoeb de Châteauper, draws attention to Esmeralda. She attracts him with her beauty, but the captain is not free, he is engaged to the fourteen-year-old Fleur de Lys.
The hunchbacked and lame bell-ringer of Notre Dame comes to the festival of buffoons to see Esmeralda. Quasimodo is in love with her, he sees in her an unearthly beauty, she is his complete opposite. He receives the title of King of the Fools. But his stepfather and mentor Frollo, the archdeacon of Notre-Dame de Paris, tears the crown from Quasimodo. He accuses the hunchback of witchcraft and forbids him to even raise his eyes to Esmiralda. Frollo is also secretly in love with a gypsy, and he is overwhelmed by jealousy. However, the priest does not have the right to love a woman.