Opera Matinee: Le timbre d'argent
Le timbre d'argent (The Silver Bell), by Camille Saint-Saens. Performed by Opera Comique in a recording from 2017.
Le timbre d'argent (The Silver Bell), by Camille Saint-Saëns. Performed by Opéra Comique in a recording from 2017.
Presented by Tom McKinney.
Conrad.....Edgaras Montvidas (tenor)
Hélène.....Hélène Guilmette (soprano)
Spiridion.....Tassis Christoyannis (baritone)
Bénédict.....Yu Shao (tenor)
Rosa.....Jodie Devos (soprano)
Patrick.....Jean-Yves Ravoux (tenor)
Frantz..... Matthieu Chapuis (tenor)
Circé/ Fiammetta.....Raphaëlle Delaunay (ballerina)
François-Xavier Roth (conductor)
On a Christmas night, Conrad, an obscure Viennese painter, rebels against misery. Unlucky in love and society, he can’t take it any longer. During a deep crisis of despair, his physician appears to him in the guise of a devil. He offers him a magical object, his silver bell, each ringing of which will make him rich in abundance, while causing the death of an innocent. Upon waking, bewitched Conrad strikes the bell: gold flows but the dead are already collapsed on his doorstep.