ALPHA CLASSICS TO RECORD PERFORMANCES OF PELLÉAS & MÉLISANDE IN BORDEAUX AND LA CLEMENZA DI TITO IN ROUEN CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

Published on 03/11/2020

The second lockdown has prompted the cancellation of performances of Debussy's Pelléas & Mélisande at the Opéra National de Bordeaux and Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito at Rouen Normandie Opera. Thanks to the Government’s and the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot’s, decision to allow artists to continue working without an audience, the two institutions have decided to continue the work they started and join forces with French record label Alpha. Together they will go ahead with the audio recording of these two masterpieces.

“In a curious turn of events, the terrible crisis of today has in fact made it possible for us to record two complete operas in studio perfect conditions. This is something that has become extremely rare over the past few years due to the significant production costs. The Bordeaux and Rouen Operas have brought together leading artistic teams with exceptional singers and conductors from the younger generation. It’s an opportunity and a duty to capture these productions for posterity, “ said Didier Martin, director of Alpha Classics.

Marc Minkowski, General Director of Opéra National de Bordeaux continues: “Born out of the urgency of the second lockdown, this project to record the complete Pelléas & Mélisande is a formidable testimony to the vitality and adaptability of our sector in these challenging times. I am very grateful to Alpha Classics and to all the teams at the Opera for their enthusiasm and determination which has allowed us to capture this exceptional Pelléas for life. Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Chiara Skerath and Alexandre Duhamel all originally performed their roles here two years ago. Today, their interpretations have matured, so this record comes at just the right time to showcase the richness of their interpretations. And it is with great emotion that I hand over the baton for this production - which has been so important to me as an artist and conductor - to Pierre Dumoussaud, whose talent, energy and sensitivity will galvanise, I am sure, the lifeblood of our beautiful house: Orchestre national Bordeaux Aquitaine and the Choir of the Opéra national de Bordeaux.”

Loïc Lachenal, director of the Opéra de Rouen Normandie concludes: “Thanks to this recording of la Clemenza di Tito, it’s a beautiful outcome that we are able to make a record of Ben Glassberg’s new role of music director at the Opéra de Rouen Normandie. We cannot stress enough how fundamental these moments are for the work and the relationship between the conductor and the musicians. Surrounded by an all-star cast, notably Nicky Spence and Simona Šaturová (another great career highlight) - Ben Glassberg shows us yet again his undeniable Mozartian flair, which fits so well with the orchestra of the Opéra de Rouen Normandie. Mozart’s final masterpiece, at the height of his art, sees some of the finest pages of music intertwined with matters ranging from romantic passion and the complexity of feelings, to the absurd disaster of betrayal. Thank you to Alpha Classics who have worked so hard to conserve the work of this inspiring team!”


 Opera National Bordeaux
 
DEBUSSY
PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE
 
PELLÉAS
STANISLAS DE BARBEYRAC
MÉLISANDE
CHIARA SKERATH
GOLAUD
ALEXANDRE DUHAMEL
ARKEL
JÉRÔME VARNIER
GENEVIÈVE
JANINA BAECHLE
YNIOLD
MAËLIG QUERRÉ
MÉDECIN/BERGER
DAMIEN PASS
 
ORCHESTRE NATIONAL BORDEAUX AQUITAINE
CHŒUR DE L'OPÉRA NATIONAL DE BORDEAUX

 
CHOIR DIRECTOR
SALVATORE CAPUTO
 
MUSICAL DIRECTOR
PIERRE DUMOUSSAUD

AUTUMN 2021 RELEASE

 

 
MOZART
LA CLÉMENCE DE TITUS
 
TITO
NICKY SPENCE
VITELLIA
SIMONA ŠATUROVÁ
SESTO
ANNA STÉPHANY
SERVILIA
CHIARA SKERATH
ANNIO
ANTOINETTE DENNEFELD
PUBLIO
DAVID STEFFENS
 
ORCHESTRE DE L’OPÉRA DE ROUEN NORMANDIE
CHŒUR ACCENTUS / OPÉRA DE ROUEN NORMANDIE

           
MUSICAL DIRECTOR
BEN GLASSBERG
 
AUTUMN 2021 RELEASE