The sound of the Empire

Les Abencérages

Opera in three acts by Luigi Cherubini on a libretto by Étienne de Jouy, premiered on 6 April 1813 at the Académie Impériale de Musique (Paris)
In 1813, Les Abencérages marked Luigi Cherubini’s return to the stage after ten years of silence. Its scope, its musical ambitions and its skilful interweaving of a love story with a vast historical fresco situate this work at the dawn of French grand-opéra.


Wed 9 March 2022
Müpa, Budapest


György Vashegyi conductor
Noraïme Anaïs Constans
Almanzor Edgaras Montvidas
Le Vizir Thomas Dolié
Gozalve Artavazd Sargsyan
Kaled Philippe-Nicolas Martin
Alamir Tomislav Lavoie
Abderam Douglas Williams
Octaïr / Le Héraut d’armes Lorant Najbauer
Egilone Ágnes Pintér
Concert performance

Co-production Müpa Budapest, Palazzetto Bru Zane and Orfeo Music Foundation supported by the HAYDNEUM - Hungarian Centre for Early Music
Published by the Palazzetto Bru Zane

Recording for the ‘French opera’ series – Bru Zane Label
Bru Zane Mediabase
Digital resources for French Romantic music
The website hosts articles on people, works and topics authored by musicologists and historians collaborating with Palazzetto Bru Zane.