- Giovanni Iovino (Voice)
- Roger Joakim (Baritone)
- Isabelle Kabatu (Soprano)
- Marc Laho (Tenor)
- Werner Mechelen (Voice)
- Patrick Mignon (Voice)
- Xavier Rouillon (Voice)
Notes & Reviews:
World premiere recording! - Cesar Franck's first opera - staged for the first time! - Known mainly for the few transcendent, harmonically adventurous instrumental works of his later years, Cesar Franck's first opera was composed when he was barely twenty years of age. - Orchestrated by composer Luc Van Hove, from the autographic piano score manuscript. - Paolo Arrivabeni conducts the Orchestra & Chorus of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie. - Stage direction by Jaco van Dormael.
American Record Guide, November/December 2014
For his first opera Franck chose the Italian composer Alessandro Stradella (1639-82) as a subject. Composed in 1839, the opera was never orchestrated. It finally saw the stage in 1983 (Venice) in a two-piano arrangement by Gerard Parmentier. Two years later it was produced at the Paris Opera Comique, in the same two-piano arrangement. Finally the opera was orchestrated by Luc van Hove and produced in Liège at the Royal Opera de Wallonie - the performance recorded here. The performance is also available on DVD and Blu-Ray. A French and English libretto is at www.dynamic.it.
Recording information: Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège, Belgium (09/2012).
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Works DetailsCésar Franck (1822 - 1890) : Stradella, opera in 3 acts (vocal score only)
- Performers: Giovanni Iovino (Voice); Roger Joakim (Baritone); Isabelle Kabatu (Soprano); Marc Laho (Tenor); Werner Mechelen (Voice); Patrick Mignon (Voice); Xavier Rouillon (Voice)
- Conductor: Paolo Arrivabeni
- Ensemble: Royal Opera de Wallonie Orchestra
- Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Written: circa 1844