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From the Royal Albert Hall, London. Tom Service presents a performance of the only opera Messiaen ever wrote - a grand exploration of the life of Saint Francis of Assisi.

From the Royal Albert Hall, London. Presented by Tom Service.

A performance of the only opera Messiaen ever wrote - a grand exploration of the life of St Francis of Assisi. In it, St Francis undertakes his spiritual journey, guided by an angel, embracing a leper, preaching to the birds - who sing authentic Umbrian birdsongs Messiaen collected at Assisi - receiving the stigmata (the wounds of Christ) and finally being received into Heaven.

Messiaen: Saint Francis of Assisi (concert performance; sung in French): Part 1

The Netherlands Opera:
St Francis ...... Rod Gilfry
Angel ...... Heidi Grant Murphy
Leper ...... Hubert Delamboye
Brother Leo ...... Henk Neven
Brother Masseo ...... Charles Workman
Brother Elias ...... Donald Kaasch
Brother Bernard ...... Armand Arapian
Brother Sylvester ......Jan Willem Balijet
Brother Rufus ...... Andre Morsch
Chorus of The Netherlands Opera
The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra
Ingo Metzmacher (conductor).

1 hour, 15 minutes

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