Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue

Opus Arte: OA1098D

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Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue

Label:

Opus Arte

Catalogue No:

OA1098D

Discs:

1

Release date:

2nd Jan 2013

Barcode:

0809478010982

Medium:

DVD Video

Format:

NTSC

Region:

all
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Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue

Recorded live at Gran Teatre del Liceu, June & July 2011


José van Dam (Barbe-Bleue), Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet (Ariane), Patricia Bardon (Nurse), Gemma Coma-Alabert (Sélysette), Beatriz Jiménez (Ygraine), Elena Copons (Mélisande), Salomé Haller (Bellangère) & Alba Valldaura (Alladine)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Stéphane Denève (conductor) & Claus Guth (director)

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Ariane et Barbe-bleue makes its premiere on Blu-ray.

Stéphane Denève is universally acclaimed for his interpretation of French repertoire.

This is the twelfth release from the Liceu-Opus Arte partnership.

Dukas's opera Ariane et Barbe-bleue, based on Maeterlinck's symbolist version of the classic tale, sees free spirit Ariane become the sixth wife of the infamous Barbe-bleue, who gives his new bride seven keys to seven doors, but prohibits the use of the last. Ariane discovers an array of glittering jewels behind the first six doors, but a terrifying reality awaits her as she unlocks the seventh.

José van Dam is cast as the villainous Barbe-bleue, while taking on the immensely demanding role of Ariane - who does not leave the stage throughout the entire opera - is American soprano Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet.

Running time: 120 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/CA/JP

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Gramophone Magazine

April 2013

“Charbonnet offers limited variety of tone, but she stands up remarkably well to the role's non-stop demands. As her nurse, Patricia Bardon is admirable in a role she has rather made her own on stage and CD...Dukas's opera deserves to be heard.”

BBC Music Magazine

November 2013

***

“Charbonnet copes well with the extreme demands of Ariane, while Patricia Bardon is excellent as the nurse and it is wonderful to have Jose van Dam for Barbe-Bleu's handful of lines. Most of all, Stéphane Denève's pacing and handling of orchestral texture are spot-on. One to hear with the screen off.”

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