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
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
“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.”
“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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