Throughout the season

Psyché

Opéra-comique in three acts by Ambroise Thomas, libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 26 January 1857; revised as a four-act opera in 1878.
Opera
© William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Composed for the Opéra-Comique, Psyché tells of the thwarted love between Eros and Psyche, manipulated by a cynical Mercury. The style of the work shows a strong Italian influence, reflected in the streams of vocalises from the heroine and Eros (the latter a transvestite role). The subject, set in the legendary times of ancient Greece, testifies to the renewed interest during the Second French Empire in mythological themes, of which Berlioz’s Les Troyens and Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène are the most striking examples.

Dates

Wed 12 February 2025
19.00
Müpa, Budapest
Fri 14 February 2025
19.30
Musikverein, Wien

Performers

HUNGARIAN NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
HUNGARIAN NATIONAL CHOIR
György Vashegyi conductor
Csaba Somos chorus master

Psyché Hélène Guilmette
Éros Michèle Losier
Mercure Tassis Christoyannis
Dafné / Première Nymphe / Un Écho Mercedes Arcuri
Bérénice / Deuxième Nymphe Antoinette Dennefeld
Antinoüs / Un Garçon Artavazd Sargsyan
Gorgias Philippe Estèphe
Le Roi Christian Helmer
Concert version
Hungarian premiere: Coproduction
Hungarian National Philharmonic / Palazzetto Bru Zane
Opera given in Vienna (concert version) in cooperation with the
Hungarian National Philharmonic and the Palazzetto Bru Zane
To be recorded for the
French opera series – Bru Zane Label
Score published by the
Palazzetto Bru Zane

See scores Scores list

Éros (mezzo-soprano): récit and romance « Sommeil, ami des dieux »
1.0.2.2./2.0.0.0/strings
Opéra-comique
Orchestral score / orchestral parts / reduction for voice and piano
About 4 min.
Palazzetto Bru Zane