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Saturday, March 24, 2018 Permalink

At The Opera, Gustav Charpentier: Louise, March 24, 2018


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).


Louise – Ileana Cotrubas

Julien – Placido Domingo

The mother – Jane Berbie

The father – Gabriel Bacquier

New Philharmonia

Georges Pretre – conductor


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:11 p.m.
Charpentier: Louise BUY ; Pretre, conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:25 p.m.
Giuseppe Verdi: Verdi's Great Opera Hits BUY from Essential Verdi - 40 of His Greatest Masterpieces (2 CD Set); composed by Giuseppe Verdi

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