Opera Matinee: Gounod's Le Tribut de Zamora
Opera Matinee: Gounod's Le Tribut de Zamora: Jonathan Swain celebrates the 200th anniversary of Gounod's birth on 17 June with a broadcast of his final opera, Le Tribut de Zamora.
Jonathan Swain celebrates Charles Gounod's 200th birthday on 17 June with a broadcast of his final opera, Le Tribut de Zamora, a tall tale of love, war, heroism and madness in 10th-century Spain.
Xaïma ... Judith van Wanroij (soprano)
Hermosa, Xaïma's long-lost mother ... Jennifer Holloway (mezzo-soprano)
Manoël, Xaïma's fiancé ... Edgaras Montvidas (tenor)
Ben-Saïd, envoy of the caliph of Cordoba ... Tassis Christoyannis (baritone)
Handjar, brother of Ben-Saïd ... Boris Pinkhasovich (baritone)
Iglésia, Xaïma's friend / A young slave ... Juliette Mars (mezzo-soprano)
King of tenth-century Asturias / An Arab
soldier ... Jérôme Boutillier (baritone)
Mayor / Judge ... Artavazd Sargsyan (tenor)
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Munich Radio Orchestra
Conductor Hervé Niquet.