1 800 222 6872

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

Audio Samples

  1. David — Lalla Roukh: Ouverture $0.99 on iTunes
  2. David — Lalla Roukh, Act I Scene 5: Mélodie. Sous le feuillage sombre (Lalla Roukh) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. David — Lalla Roukh, Act I Scene 6: Couplets. De près ou de loin (Baskir) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. David — Lalla Roukh, Act I Scene 7: Choeur. Voici le repas du soir (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. David — Lalla Roukh, Act I Scene 7: Ballet. La nuit tombe (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. David — Lalla Roukh, Act I Scene 7: Choeur danse. Bayaderes plus légères (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. David — Lalla Roukh, Act I Scene 8: Romance. Ma maitresse a quitte la tente, Scène, et reprise du choeur (Noureddin, Baskir, Lalla Roukh, Mirza, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. David — Lalla Roukh, Act I Scene 10: Couplets. Si vous ne savez plus charmer (Mirza) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. David — Lalla Roukh, Act I Scene 12: Duo. La nuit en deployant ses ailes (Lalla Roukh, Noureddin) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. David — 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) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. David — Lalla Roukh, Act II Scene 2: Duettino. Loin du bruit, loin du monde (Lalla Roukh, Mirza) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. David — Lalla Roukh, Act II Scene 4: Choeur. Ces joyaux, ces parures (Chorus, Lalla Roukh, Baskir, Mirza) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. David — Lalla Roukh, Act II Scene 6: Couplets. Ah! Funeste ambassade (Baskir) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. David — Lalla Roukh, Act II Scene 8: Barcarolle et ensemble. Ô! Ma maitresse (Noureddin, Baskir, Bakbara, Kaboul, Mirza) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. David — Lalla Roukh, Act II Scene 9: Duo bouffe. Tout ira bien demain (Noureddin, Baskir) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. David — Lalla Roukh, Act II Scene 10: Romance. Fuyez, fuyez (Noureddin) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. David — Lalla Roukh, Act II Scene 10: Duo. Non, non, le ciel lui-même (Lalla Roukh, Noureddin) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. David — Lalla Roukh, Act II Scene 12: Marche et Final. Gloire, honneur (Chorus, Baskir, Lalla Roukh, Mirza, Noureddin) $0.99 on iTunes

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'.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
This is the first of his five operas to be commercially recorded. A super-charged libretto by the team of Michel CarrTand Hippolyte Lucas capitalizes on a truly exotic locale. Lalla Roukh, daughter of the Mogul emperor Aurangzeb, has been promised in marriage to the King of Bukhara (modern-day Uzbekistan). The music is a sort of low-powered Bizet, as in Pearl Fishers. There is ballet aplenty, romantic airs to delight. It's all quite charming. Fiset is a most delicate Lalla Roukh - lovely in tone. He has a knowing way with the music and the text. Paulin sings with warm passion and care. There is a veritable woodpile in Deletre's voice The Washington, DC-based Opera Lafayette is a period-instrument ensemble specializing in the French 18th Century repertory, its precursors, influences, and artistic legacy. They have an impressive discography of operas by Gluck, Gretry, Monsigny, Philidor, Rebel & Francoeur, and Sacchini.

The Guardian, 11th April 2014
Marianne Fiset is supremely elegant in the title role, and there are strong, sharply characterised performances from Nathalie Paulin and Bernard DeletrT as the comic servants, Mirza and Baskir.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2014
The big strength of his debut recording by Opera Lafayette of Washington DC is that all the principals have such firm, clear voices...Marianne Fiest as the heroine has a bright, perfectly placed soprano, attacking even the most exposed notes with precision...A most attractive package.

International Record Review, May 2014
Ryan Brown does well by David's opera and its tuneful music.

Notes & Reviews:

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


Fantastic early opera from 1862!!!
This recording, which is a total and complete delight, consists of two CDs that comprise Felicien Davids 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 Opra-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. 
Submitted on 03/15/15 by wastch 
Login or Create an Account to write a review

Also Purchased

Works Details

>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