Gretry - L’Epreuve villageoise | Naxos - Opera 8660377

Gretry - L’Epreuve villageoise

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Label: Naxos - Opera

Cat No: 8660377

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 11th November 2016

Contents

Artists

Sophie Junker (soprano)
Talise Trevigne (soprano)
Francisco Fernandez-Rueda (tenor)
Thomas Dolie (baritone)
Opera Lafayette

Conductor

Ryan Brown

Works

Gretry, Andre

L'Epreuve villageoise

Artists

Sophie Junker (soprano)
Talise Trevigne (soprano)
Francisco Fernandez-Rueda (tenor)
Thomas Dolie (baritone)
Opera Lafayette

Conductor

Ryan Brown

About

L’Épreuve villageoise (The Village Trial) – which, in its original form as Théodore et Paulin, was first performed before Marie Antoinette at Versailles – was one of André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry’s most popular works. For a century after its 1784 première it enjoyed huge acclaim across Europe and even travelled to the New World, where it captivated audiences in New York. Grétry was a master of eighteenth-century opéra comique and this crisp and lively farce centres on a clever farmer’s daughter and her two competing suitors. Employing divergent stylistic registers – finesse and naiveté, music reminiscent of popular song, and extended ensembles – Grétry fashioned a score of sophisticated wit and huge charm.

Cast:
- Denise: Sophie Junker (soprano)
- Madame Hubert: Talise Trevigne (soprano)
- La France: Thomas Dolié (baritone)
- André: Francisco Fernández-Rueda (tenor)

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