Orange Studio took advantage of this year’s Rendez-Vous Unifrance in Paris to raise the curtain on the second season of “L’Opéra”, a premium series that offers a look behind the scenes and the intimate passions of the dancers who light up Paris’ le prestigious Opera Garnier. Ahead of Wednesday’s market presentation, Orange Studio executives confirmed Variety this double César winner Anne Alvaro (“The taste of others”, “The tinkling of the ice”) will join the cast as the main antagonist of the second season.
The lauded performer will join a cast led by veteran Ariane Labed (“The Lobster,” “Alps”) as the 35-year-old tough guy fighting to stay in the spotlight and newcomer Suzy Bemba (from the upcoming project Yorgos Lanthimos “Poor Things”) as a 19-year-old from a disadvantaged background looking for a chance to prove himself. Raphael Personnaz (“Anna Karenina”), the third protagonist of the first season, will also be back, this time playing a supporting role as the troupe’s outgoing director.
Alvaro will play Diane, a legendary ballet star who takes over backstage. Building on a storied past with dancer Zoé (Labed) and a difficult mentorship with rising star Flora (Bemba), the new foil will advance a season of exploring the blurred line between harsh encouragement and misconduct. at work.
Led by director Cécile Ducrocq (whose debut feature, “Her Way,” premiered at the 2021 Venice Film Festival) and up-and-coming showrunner Benjamin Adam, produced by Florence Levard of Telfrance subsidiary Victoria Production, and commissioned by OCS France and Orange Studio, the drama series was renewed for a follow-up long before the first season on local airwaves.
The decision proved prescient: the title received a warm welcome when it premiered in France in September 2021, and it won the awards for best French series at COLCOA and best actress at Series Mania.
With Newen Connect handling international sales, the first season has already been sold to broadcasters in Spain (Disney Plus), Italy (Sky), Brazil (Globo), Australia (SBS), French Canada (Quebecor) and in Greece (OTE TV). Orange executives tell Variety that an American agreement is imminent. Meanwhile, production on the second season wrapped in December 2021 and is expected to hit local airwaves towards the end of 2022.
“This series is both the showcase for a prestigious French institution known throughout the world and a perfect illustration of the new bridges between cinema and series,” says Kristina Zimmermann, CEO of Orange Studio. “With the main actors Ariane Labed and Raphaël Personnaz, both from the big screen, and the showrunner Cécile Ducrocq who has just made her first feature film [the series] highlights our ambitions in the field.