Green Opera presents

555: Verlaine en Prison

By Logan Lopez Gonzalez and Eleanor Burke

“Paul Verlaine, for shooting and injuring Arthur Rimbaud with a revolver, you are hereby sentenced to 555 days in prison!”

After a critically-acclaimed run last year and performances at the Royal Opera House and La Monnaie, 555: Verlaine en Prison returns to Grimeborn!

555: Verlaine en prison tells the untold and unjust story one of France’s most celebrated poets, Paul Verlaine who shot and injured his lover, the 17-year old poet Arthur Rimbaud. Despite Rimbaud dropping the charges, Verlaine’s homosexuality ensured that he received the maximum sentence – 555 days in Mons prison. 555: Verlaine en Prison, weaves together settings of Verlaine’s poetry by Debussy, Hahn and Fauré and extracts from his letters and poems to tell the poet’s extraordinary story in his own words.

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★★★★★ “a tender and troubled portrait of poetic profundity”Clare Seymour, Opera Today