Gaveaux - Leonore, ou L’Amour conjugal (DVD) | Naxos 2110591

Gaveaux - Leonore, ou L’Amour conjugal (DVD)

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 2110591

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 30th November 2018

Contents

Artists

Kimy Mc Laren (soprano)
Pascale Beaudin (soprano)
Jean-Michel Richer (tenor)
Keven Geddes (tenor)
Dominique Cote (baritone)
Tomislav Lavoie (bass)
Alexandre Sylvestre (bass-baritone)
Opera Lafayette Chorus and Orchestra

Conductor

Ryan Brown

Works

Gaveaux, Pierre

Leonore, ou L'Amour conjugal

Artists

Kimy Mc Laren (soprano)
Pascale Beaudin (soprano)
Jean-Michel Richer (tenor)
Keven Geddes (tenor)
Dominique Cote (baritone)
Tomislav Lavoie (bass)
Alexandre Sylvestre (bass-baritone)
Opera Lafayette Chorus and Orchestra

Conductor

Ryan Brown

About

A political prisoner awaits death in his cell. A woman puts herself in mortal danger to seek justice. With its atmosphere of revolution and tale of devotional romance and a dramatic rescue from captivity, Pierre Gaveaux’s Léonore, ou L’Amour conjugal was the direct forerunner to Beethoven’s Fidelio. Having been entirely overshadowed by its famous successor and lain hidden for centuries, this both darkly sombre and entertainingly celebratory opéra comique is seen here in an acclaimed modern premiere whose timeless and inspiring story of female heroism and political injustice is as relevant today as ever.

Musicologist Julia Doe described Pierre Gaveaux’s Léonore, ou L’Amour conjugal as “one of the most famous pieces of lyric theater that virtually no contemporary audiences have ever witnessed.” With Opera Lafayette’s mission of presenting rediscovered 18th-century French operatic repertoire it was only a matter of time before this neglected ‘fait historique’ became part of their performance schedule, and with its striking look and intriguing symbolism this production really is something both significant in operatic history and special in its own right.

This production was widely admired in the press. “The music was charming, made more so by the fine performances. Conductor Ryan Brown assembled a strong, consistent cast, anchored by Kimy Mc Laren in the title role. Her supple soprano projected with more ease than her colleagues’ voices, though none were inferior... Pascale Beaudin (Marceline), Tomislav Lavoie (Roc), Keven Geddes (Jacquino), and Dominique Côté (Pizare) all sported clean, healthy voices... The orchestra was very good as well; the musicians are specialists in early-music performance, and though the string players used vibrato arbitrarily and inconsistently, the wind players coped expertly with their often-balky period instruments, producing delightful sonorities. Oriol Tomas’s staging was conventional but effective...” (The Washington Post)

Through his work with Opera Lafayette, Ryan Brown has gained an international reputation for his interpretations of French opera and for his role in the revival of significant works from the 18th and 19th centuries. He was widely lauded for the modern premiere and recording of Félicien David’s 1862 Lalla Roukh, a seminal work of musical Orientalism. His frequent performances of Italian works by Haydn, Mozart, Paisiello, and Cimarosa have also met with great acclaim.

Opera Lafayette’s discography on the Naxos label has expanded to 12 releases, including Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice (866018586), Sacchini’s Œdipe à Colone (866019697), Rameau's Operatic Arias (8557993), Lully’s Armide (866020910), Rebel and Francoeur’s Zélindor, roi des Sylphes (8660224), Monsigny’s Le Déserteur (866026364), Philidor’s Sancho Pança (8660274), Grétry’s Le Magnifique (8660305), Monsigny’s Le Roi et le fermier (8660322), Félicien David’s Lalla Roukh (866033839), Philidor’s Les Femmes Vengées (8660353), and most recently Grétry’s L’Épreuve villageoise (8660377).

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM stereo
Language: French
Subtitles: French, English, Japanese, Korean
Region code: 0 (Worldwide)
No. of disc/s: 1 (DVD 5)

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