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Thomas - La cour de Celimene

Duration:
2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 08 March 2012

Thursday Opera Matinee: La Cour de Célimène by Ambroise Thomas

This charming opéra comique based on a character from Molière's Le Misanthrope has all the ingredients of a classic French farce including hapless lovers, a fickle woman and a series of misunderstandings which all turn out well in the end. The premiere took place in 1855 in Paris and was well received with 19 performances but the opera was soon unjustly forgotten. Penny Gore introduces the first performance in nearly 150 years - given at the 60th Wexford Opera Festival in October 2011.

Ambroise Thomas (1811-1896)
Librettist: Joseph-Bernard Rosier

La Cour de Célimène, opéra comique in two acts

La Comtesse.....Claudia Boyle (soprano),
La Baronne.....Nathalie Paulin (soprano),
Le Commandeur de Beaupré.....John Molloy (bass),
Le Chevalier de Mérac.....Luigi Boccia (tenor),
Bretonne.....Claire Egan (soprano),

Wexford Festival Opera Chorus,
Gavin Carr.....Director,
Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra,
Carlos Izcaray.....Conductor

Music Played

3 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Ambroise Thomas Le Cour de Celimene

    Performer: Claudia Boyle (soprano) as La Comtesse Performer: Nathalie Paulin (soprano) as La Baronne Performer: John Molloy (bass) as Le Commandeur de Beaupré Performer: Luigi Boccia (tenor) as Le Chevalier de Mérac Performer: Claire Egan (soprano) as Bretonne Performer: Wexford Festival Opera Chorus Performer: Gavin Carr (director) Performer: Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra Conductor: Carlos Izcaray

  • Image for Maurice Ravel

    Maurice Ravel Mother Goose Suite

    Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Donald Runnicles

  • Image for Richard Strauss

    Richard Strauss Prelude to Act 1 of 'Guntram'

    Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Jun Märkl

  • Claudia Boyle as La Comtesse

    Claudia Boyle as La Comtesse

    Credit: Clive Barda

  • Claudia Boyle as La Comtesse

    Claudia Boyle as La Comtesse

    Credit: Clive Barda

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