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Bizet’s one act comic opera – and his first – brings us an old man and his wife (who intends burying him as she has buried her four previous husbands), a girl in love with an officer who appears successively as a valet, a cook, a quack doctor... All ends well, though only after a fake poisoning attempt with an omelette. The turning point and heart of this comedy is in fact the ‘omelette quartet’, its grandiloquence mimicking the grand opera of the day.
The Orchestre Lyrique de Region Avignon Provence has been much in the news during the last few years. Said to have been finished, it has made a point of proving it is still active, and in excellent shape under the baton of its now principal guest conductor Samuel Jean.
Georges Bizet: Le docteur Miracle
Scene 1: Trio: La drole de musique (Laurette, Le Podestat, Veronique)
Scene 1: Et bien oui, la, je me trompais (Le Podestat, Laurette)
Scene 2: Maintenant que ton pere n'est plus la (Veronique, Laurette)
Scene 2: Romance: Me gronder pour cela (Laurette)
Scene 2: Et puis, d'ailleurs (Laurette, Veronique)
Scene 3: Il va partir! (Le Podestat, Laurette, Veronique)
Scene 4: Me v'la, Excellence! (Pasquin, Le Podestat)
Scene 4: Couplets: Je sais monter les escaliers (Pasquin)
Scene 4: Allons, tu as des connaissances tres variees (Le Podestat, Pasquin)
Scene 5: Venez ici Veronique (Le Podestat, Veronique, Laurette, Pasquin)
Scene 6: Decidement, je me felicite (Le Podestat, Laurette)
Scene 7: Quatuor de l'omelette: Voici l'omelette! (Pasquin, Veronique, Le Podestat, Laurette)
Scene 7: Encore un coup, malheureux (Le Podestat, Pasquin, Veronique, Laurette)
Scene 8: Duo: En votre aimable compagnie (Laurette, Pasquin)
Scene 9: Terzetto: Dieu! son pere! (Silvio, Laurette, Le Podestat)
Scene 10: Ah, j'en mourrai! (Laurette, Le Podestat)
Scene 11: Ah, c'est vous, tendre amie (Le Podestat, Veronique, Laurette)
Scene 12: Quid?… Charlatan, le podestat que voici (Doucteur Miracle, Veronique, Le Podestat, Laurette)
Scene 12: Quatuor final: Mon enfant, si tu m'aimes bien (Le Podestat, Veronique, Laurette, Silvio)
“Marie-Bénédicte Souquet proves an accomplished soubrette as Laurette and sparks fly between her and mezzo-soprano Isabelle Druet as her argumentative stepmother...Lively rather than flawless playing from the l'Orchestre Lyrique Région Avignon-Provence”
“Bizet's music is light and tuneful...Samuel Jean gets neat playing from his Orchestre Lyrique de Region Avignon...The best singing comes from Marie-Benedicte Souquet, touching in her Romance.”
“Bizet's score is suitably light and frothy...It is good to have native French speakers in the four roles...Souquet is slightly breathy in Laurette's Romance, but phrases pleasantly. Jerome Billy has a light, agreeable tenor...and sings with a good sense of style.”
12th September 2013
“[l'Orchestre Lyrique Région Avignon-Provence] here confirms its resurgence and proves its worth with some excellent playing...this rare work is given a spirited and entertaining airing.”
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