Notes & Reviews:
Le Roi et le fermier made Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny famous in France and beyond. Set in an evocative and at times stormy Sherwood Forest it tells of a King's encounter with a humble farmer, blending comedy with serious issues. Its numerous innovations foreshadow Romanticism, making it a milestone in operatic history, with librettist Michel-Jean Sedaine admiring Monsigny's daring in taking 'the risk of setting a new genre to music. This production should be noted and remembered in the annals of Versailles, for the intelligence of its staging, the beauty of its sets, and its high musical quality' (Opera Magazine).
American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Opera Lafayette, period instruments and all, have discovered yet another charming piece from the 18th Century Paris entertainment industry. Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (1729-1817) had a great success with the piece. Labelle leads this group of fine artists with her tender, fluttering Jenny. It's a merry performance, recorded in 2012 at the University of Maryland.
Recording information: Dekelboum Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, U (01/23/2012/01/24/2012).
Submitted on 10/02/13 by Dan Coombs
In this case, the recording itself is wonderful. Kudos goes to Dominique Labelle (soprano) in the role of Jenny, as well as Thomas Michael Allen (tenor) as the King. I also note that the sound effects during the storm sequence (wind machine, etc.) definitely added an air of fun as well as enhancing the “I wish I could see this live” feeling of the production. The story itself is comic and simplistic, but that definitely works for the musical material. The only thing I could have wished for was the actual libretto to be printed in the liner notes, as I would have enjoyed following along with the recording.
All that being said, this is a fun recording of a production that the cast obviously enjoyed putting on, and I very much enjoyed listening to it. Delightfully recommended.
Submitted on 01/01/14 by KlingonOpera
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Works DetailsMonsigny, Pierre-Alexandre : Le Roi et le Fermier, opera
- Conductor: Ryan Brown
- Ensemble: Opera Lafayette Orchestra
- Notes: Dekelboum Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, USA (01/23/2012/01/24/2012)
- Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1762