Bru Zane Label CD-book French Opera
Jules Massenet
Alain Altinoglu conductor
with Nora Gubisch, Charles Castronovo, Étienne Dupuis, François Lis, Yves Saelens, Patrick Bolleire, Charles Bonnet
‘French opera’ series | Bru Zane
Volume 3 | ES 1011
1 CD - 112 pages

Performed at Montecarlo Opéra in 1907, Thérèse represents a psychological drama with French revolution background and it is one of the latest Massenet’s masterpiece, in which he reached the highest level of his art. For the Palazzetto Bru Zane, resuscitating Thérèse is the occasion to pursue its collaboration with the Radio France and Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon Festival by putting the accent on Massenet's least well-known creative period during which, nonetheless, such great masterpieces as Ariane, Bacchus, Roma, and Cléopâtre saw the day. With a constant concern for high standards and originality, it is offering the public a profoundly touching work whose political significance seems universal and still topical.

Contents of the book
Jean-Christophe Branger, Massenet and opera: richness and diversity
Étienne Jardin, Thérèse, from the Couvent des Carmes to the Opéra-Comique
Alexandre Dratwicki, Naturalism and Massenet’s Thérèse
Thierry Santurenne, Women and the Revolution in French opera
Gabriel Fauré, The première of Thérèse in Monte Carlo


Musical drama in two acts (1907). Libretto by Jules Claretie.

Act I
Scene 1
01- Prélude
02- Sellé, paqueté, bridé… (Thérèse, André, Soldats, Officiers)
Scene 2
03- Leur devoir !... Le devoir !... (Thérèse, André)
04- Ô Thérèse, regarde… (Thérèse, André)
Scene 3
05- Oui, je t’aime, André… (Thérèse)
06- Transition Symphonique
Scene 4
07- Le parc !... Et le perron !... (Armand)
Scene 5
08- Malheureux ! C’est vous ! (Thérèse, Armand)
09- Tu venais sur ce banc… (Thérèse, Armand)
Scene 6
10- Lui… Mon ami… (Thérèse, Armand, André)

Act II
Scene 1
11- Prélude
12- Demande, demandez le dernier bulletin… (Thérèse, André, Un Crieur)
Scenes 2 & 3
13- Ah ! Vous !... (Thérèse, André, Morel)
14- Armand ! Le danger s’accroît… (Thérèse, Armand, André)
Scene 4
15- Je suffoquais… (Thérèse, Armand)
Scenes 5 & 6
16- Qui vient là ?... (Thérèse, Armand, Morel)
17- Soir de juin !... (Thérèse, Armand)
Scene 7
18- Il est sauvé !... (Thérèse, Voix d’André, La Foule)

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