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Felicien David (1810-1876): Lalla Roukh, opera / Marianne Fiset, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Nathaie Paulin. Opera Lafayette

> Lalla Roukh - Act II Scene 1: Entr'acte
> Lalla Roukh - Act II Scene 1: Recitatif: Enfin…Air, O nuit d'amour (Lalla Roukh)
> Lalla Roukh - Act II Scene 2: Duettino, Loin du bruit, loin du monde (Lalla Roukh, Mirza)
> Lalla Roukh - Act II Scene 4: Choeur: Ces joyaux, ces parures (Chorus, Lalla Roukh, Baskir, Mirza)
> Lalla Roukh - Act II Scene 6: Couplets: Ah! funeste ambassade (Baskir)
> Lalla Roukh - Act II Scene 8: Barcarolle et Ensemble: O! ma maitresse (Noureddin, Baskir, Bakbara, Kaboul, Mirza)
> Lalla Roukh - Act II Scene 9: Duo bouffe: Tout ira bien demain (Noureddin, Baskir)
> Lalla Roukh - Act II Scene 10: Romance: Fuyez, fuyez (Noureddin)
> Lalla Roukh - Act II Scene 10: Duo: Non, non, le ciel lui-meme (Lalla Roukh, Noureddin)
> Lalla Roukh - Act II Scene 12: Marche et Final: Gloire, honneur (Chorus, Baskir, Lalla Roukh, Mirza, Noureddin)
> Lalla Roukh - Act I Scene 12: Duo, La nuit en deployant ses ailes (Lalla Roukh, Noureddin)
> Lalla Roukh - Act I Scene 12: Ballade, Lorsque l'etoile du ciel sans voile, Duo (Noureddin, Lalla Roukh)
> Lalla Roukh - Act I Scene 13: Ronde de Nuit et Final du 1er Acte, La nuit au manteau sombre (Chorus, Bakbara, Kaboul, Baskir, Lalla Roukh, Mirza)

Album Summary

>David, Félicien César : Lalla Roukh, opera
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

French opera owes much of its obsession with exoticism to the pivotal figure of Felicien David, a pioneer of 'musical Orientalism'. His opera Lalla Roukh, first performed to huge acclaim in 1862, was the catalyst for the explosion in operas set in the 'Exotic East'. The fairy-tale plot revolves around an Indian princess who travels to Bukhara (part of modern Uzbekistan) to meet the man to whom she is to be given in marriage. Along the way she falls in love with the minstrel Noureddin who is, in fact, the King of Bukhara in disguise. David's evocative and magical orchestration is harnessed to memorable melodies, including Lalla Roukh's deftly harmonized arias 'Sous le feuillage sombre' and 'O nuit d'amour'.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Dekelboum Hall, Clarice Smith Center for the Performing (01/27/2013-01/29/2013).



Reviews

Fantastic early opera from 1862!!!
This recording, which is a total and complete delight, consists of two CDs that comprise Felicien David’s Lalla Roukh under the baton of Ryan Brown w/ Opera Lafayette. This is an opera comique, in which Lalla Roukh, the daughter of a Moghul emperor, is promised to the King of Bukhara but falls in love with a minstrel who is secretly the King in disguise. The premise is that the King wants to know if Lalla Roukh would love him for himself rather than his wealth, which results in several awkward situations for Lalla (voiced by the delightful soprano Marianne Fiset).

It is clear from the opening passages of the overture that we have fabulous music making in store, and that the Opera Lafayette orchestra has brought something special to the table. This is more than substantiated by the delightful performances of Marianne Fiset (Soprano) as Lalla Roukh and bass baritone Bernard Deletre as Baskir, who tries to chase the “minstrel” away.

The music has an Eastern flair and is enchanting, and both the cast and Ryan Brown bring this opera to life in a very special way. The liner notes are informative and well written, providing sufficient background to understand the action. Unfortunately, the complete libretto is not printed, but other than that this is a wonderful presentation and recording. I must admit to being somewhat envious of those that had the privilege of seeing this opera performed live. Highly recommended!

Submitted on 06/30/14 by KlingonOpera 
Opera revived
Here's another piece of musical archeology from the good folks at Opera Lafayette. Lalla Roukh had its world premiere in 1862 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, racking up nearly 400 performances before the end of the century. Then, despite a great variety of often charming music, it just went away. Though none of the set pieces is a show-stopper, the score is never less than competent, and is well served here. Marianne Fiset as the princess of the title and Emiliano Gonzalez Toro as her minstrel lover are just fine--I especially liked his second-act serenade--and all the supporting cast are capable, though the bass's voice is a little woolly. One drawback is the usual absence of texts (libretto offered online only), especially as all the dialogue is omitted. Still, based on this disc, it's hard to understand how such a pleasant little "Arabian Nights" romance should have so utterly vanished from the stage, or never have been recorded till now.
Submitted on 07/08/14 by Jim D. 
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>Félicien David (1810 - 1876) : Lalla Roukh, opera
  • Conductor: Ryan Brown
  • Ensemble: Opera Lafayette Orchestra
  • Notes: Dekelboum Hall, Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts, University of Maryland, College Park, (01/27/2013-01/29/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta