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Cleopatra sensuale

Cléopâtre
Opera in four acts by Jules Massenet (1842–1912)
In concerto form in French

DATE

  • 27 May 2012, 11:00

PROGRAMME

JULES MASSENET • Cléopâtre
Opera in four acts

INFORMATION

End approx. 13:20.

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PERFORMERS

Vladimir Fedoseyev, Conductor
Sophie Koch, Cléopâtre
Ludovic Tézier, Marc-Antoine
Benjamin Bernheim, Spakos
Sandrine Piau, Octavie
Mariangela Sicilia, Charmion
Omar Montanari, Ennius
Jean-Luc Ballestra, Amnhès
Gezim Myshketa, Sévérus
Biagio Pizzuti, L'esclave de la porte / Un esclave
Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg
Salzburger Bachchor
Alois Glaßner, Choral preparation

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Cleopatra sensuale

Jules Massenet’s Cléopâtre breathes the sensual inebriation of the fin de siècle, paying homage to the erotic seductresses of the Orient – male fantasies come to life – and at the same time giving a cold shoulder to the audience’s own, well-behaved bourgeois wives. In his last opera, premiered in 1914 in Monte Carlo, Massenet continued his series of Middle-Eastern femmes fatales in the style of Hérodiade or Thaïs, but in its tonal language, the French composer’s little-performed work went a grand step further towards impressionism and early modernism. The fatal network of relationships unfolds between Cléopâtre and Marc-Antoine as a pair of lovers defying convention and Marc-Antoine’s courageous wife Octavie, who feels more beholden to marriage as an institution than to sensuality, as well as Spakos, who wastes away in hopeless love for Cléopâtre. Apart from colorfully voluptuous numbers for the chorus and ballet, it is the languorous solo scenes of Cléopâtre, and especially her death, which curdles not only her own blood, but also that of the listeners.




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