|Giacomo Meyerbeer|| |
Robert Le Diable
Nicolas Courjal (Bass), John Osborn (Tenor), Erin Morley (Soprano), Nico Darmanin (Tenor), Amina Edris (Soprano), Joel Allison (Bass-Baritone), Paco Garcia (Tenor)
Choeur de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux
Orchestre National Bordeaux-Aquitaine
French grand-opéra specialist Marc Minkowski has at last recorded Robert le Diable, a jewel of the genre. A triumph at its premiere in November 1831, it captivated contemporaries, and its influence stretched as far as Verdi and Wagner. An imposing international cast brings this repertory cornerstone to life: John Osborn portrays a Robert at once valiant and tender, Amina Edris reveals her full resources in the perilous role of Alice, while idiomatic performances by Nicolas Courjal, Erin Morley and Nico Darmanin complete a line-up offering the most vivid contrasts of tessitura. Against the backdrop of a medieval legend, this fantastical work depicts a confrontation between Good and Evil, pitting against each other a group of protagonists torn between desire and duty. A foundational score of musical Romanticism – performed more than 750 times in the nineteenth century at the Paris Opéra alone – is now gradually emerging from oblivion.
Recorded at the Auditorium de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux, from 20 to 27 September 2021 Éditions Ricordi