From the 18th through 20th June, try not to miss a series of delightful evening theatre and music events which have become an annual happening since 2011 in the Cours d’Honneur du Chateau de Coppet.
The Chateau was the home of the renowned Madame Germaine de Stael, who was an aristocratic woman ahead of her times (1766-1817). She was a free thinker and traveler who was raised with the writings of Montesquieu, Shakespeare, Dante and Rousseau, wrote herself many political essays, plays and novels, and held literary salons around Europe and especially at Coppet, where she was exiled for some time because of political differences with Napoleon. It was said of her “There are three great powers struggling against Napoleon for the soul of Europe: England, Russia and Madame de Stael”.
The festival’s program, which is coordinated by the brilliant French actor and orator, Alain Carré, can be found on www.festivaldestael.ch
Tuesday, 18 June will have an evening dedicated to Voltaire,
Wednesday, 19 June will feature a sketch by Madame de Stael, entitled Minette.
And Thursday 20 June will finish with Figaroh!, based on Mozart and Beaumarchais.
There is nothing quite like these open-air offerings in the Chateau’s stately courtyard. And it is all obviously in French, for we do live in Geneva, after all!
Neptune Ravar Ingwersen reviews film extensively for publications in Switzerland. She views 4 to 8 films a week and her aim is to sort the wheat from the chaff for readers.