News

Dante_Benjamin Godard_Opéra français
Dante by Godard: new ‘French opera’ series CD-book

The most remarkable element of the opera is the integration of a ‘Vision’ that is nothing less than a synthesis of the Divine Comedy set to music. Its third act is built around a fantasy ‘Hell’ and ‘Paradise’, featuring an Apparition of Virgil, Chorus of the Damned, Infernal Whirlwind, Divine Radiance and Apotheosis of Beatrice. Godard is here at the peak of his melodic inspiration and compositional mastery, in a style that brings Gounod up to date and need not fear comparison with Massenet.

Mam'zelle Nitouche - Hervé
Mam’zelle Nitouche: from 14th to 20th December at the Théâtre Graslin (Nantes – France)

Mam’zelle Nitouche (1883) by Hervé
Vaudeville-opérette in three acts and four tableaux

Even though it is not Hervé’s final composition, Mam’zelle Nitouche may be regarded as his musical testament, or at least his crowning achievement. The work, whose subject was based on the composer’s own life – a convent organist becomes a man of the theatre and composer of light music once night has fallen – skilfully blends the comic tone of the post-1870 period (as found in Lecocq, in particular), the spirit of café-concert revues and the breathless rhythm of the spoken theatre inherited from Labiche.

Video Gallery

Phèdre (1786) by Jean-Baptiste LEMOYNE - trailer
Benjamin GODARD, Dante (1890) – “French opera”
Mam'zelle Nitouche (1883) by Hervé - teaser

Latest CD released

Dante - Benjamin Godard - opéra français
Benjamin Godard
Dante

“Opéra français” Palazzetto Bru Zane series (Ediciones Singulares) | 2 CDs | 2017 | Volume 16

RELEASE DATE: 20 OCTOBER 2017

Reicha rediscovered - Ivan Ilic
Antoine Reicha
Reicha rediscovered vol. 1

Chandos | 2017
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 2017

Reicha, Chapelle Reine Elisabeth, cover-min
Antoine Reicha
Reicha: chamber music

Alpha Classics | 3 CDs | 2017
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 2017