«Maraina» is the first opera created in the Indian Ocean, composed by Jean-Luc Trulès with a libretto by Emmanuel Genvrin. It has been recorded by Cesar Paes at the Theatre Silvia Monfort in Paris, in June 2009.
In 1665, a dozen of adventurers (10 Malagasy and 2 French mutineers) leave Fort-Dauphin in Madagascar to plant tobacco and aloes in the island La Reunion. Louis Payen, the leader of the expedition, discovers that his petty officer, Jean Managna, is also lusting after the pretty Maraina. Jean escapes and leads the group of Malagasy in the heights of the island, marries Maraina and proclaims himself king.
Ravelo, one of the three women of the island, mad with jealousy, insinuates that Maraina is pregnant with the French Louis Payen, while, Jean the Malagasy believes he is the father…
Aurore Ugolin (Soprano) as Marie-Maraina, Steeve Mai (Baryton) as Jean-Managna, Karim Bouzra (Tenor) as Louis Payen, Landy Andriamboavonjy (Soprano) as Ravelo, Josselin Michalon (Baryton) as Montaubon and the Symphonic Orchestra of Massy
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