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Saturday, October 19, 2013 Permalink

At The Opera, Charpentier: Louise October 19, 2013

  

Louise is an opera in four acts by Gustave Charpentier to an original French libretto by the composer, with some contributions by Saint-Pol-Roux, a symbolist poet and inspiration of the surrealists.

The opera depicts Parisian working-class life. However the city itself is in many ways the true star of this very atmospheric work - invoked at various points during the opera. A French example of verismo opera, it tells the story of the love between Louise, a seamstress living with her parents in Paris, and Julien, a young artist. It is the story of a young girl's desire for freedom (associated in her mind with her lover and the city of Paris).

Charpentier later wrote a sequel to Louise, the opera Julien, which describes the artistic aspirations of Louise’s suitor. This 1976 recording stars Ileana Cotrubas and Placido Domingo. Georges Pretre conducts.

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:08pm
Charpentier: Louise BUY ; Pretre, conductor
11:00pm
11:26pm
Richard Wagner: Prize Song - Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg BUY Leo Slezak
11:30pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Otello arias BUY Leo Slezak
11:36pm
Ruggerio Leoncavallo: Pagliacci, opera: Prologue. Si puo BUY Titta Ruffo
11:44pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Otello, opera: Act 2. Sì, pel ciel marmoreo giuro! BUY Titta Ruffo / Enrico Caruso
11:49pm
Amilcare Ponchelli: La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Act 1. Enzo Grimaldo, Principe di Santafior BUY Titta Ruffo / B. Gigli
11:54pm
Cardillio: Core 'Ngrato BUY ; Wally Scott, conductor Sergio Franchi
11:57pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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