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Le Prophète

Grand opera in five acts
Libretto by Eugène Scribe
First performed on 16 april 1849 at the Salle Le Peletier, Théâtre de la Nation, Paris
This is a true story: during the French Wars of Religion, a charismatic innkeeper manipulated by a religious sect finds himself crowned Emperor of Germany and placed at the head of a puppet kingdom of depraved fanatics, before being killed. Add to this a bride who is a real fighter, and the most formidable mother figure ever shown on an operatic stage.

Le Prophète is the quintessential grand opera, a spectacular large-scale genre that made the Paris Opera the leading stage in Europe, and Meyerbeer a composer admired and envied by the greatest. This visionary historical drama, with its unique theatrical and vocal power and musical inventiveness, succeeds like no other in capturing the spirit of its time – which is very similar to our own. For the occasion, the best singers – John Osborn, Elizabeth DeShong and Mané Galoyan – and exceptional orchestral and vocal forces will perform under the expert baton of Sir Mark Elder.


Sat 15 July 2023
Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence



Conductor Sir Mark Elder

Conductor's assistant Pierre Vallet
Vocal coaches Marine Thoreau La Salle, David Zobel

Jean de Leyde John Osborn
Fidès Elizabeth DeShong
Berthe Mané Galoyan
Zacharie James Platt
Le comte d'Oberthal Edwin Crossley-Mercer*
Mathisen Guilhem Worms
Jonas Valerio Contaldo*
Soldats Maxime Melnik, Hugo Santos, David Sánchez

Choir Chœurs de l’Opéra de Lyon
Choir coach Benedict Kearns
Children's choir Maîtrise des Bouches-du-Rhône
Direction Samuel Coquard

Banda Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée

*Former artists of the Accadémie
This concert is recorded for the LSO Live in collaboration with Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française.

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