béatrice et bénédict

Hector Berlioz - concert

Palais Garnier - on 24 March 2017 at 7:30 pm

Photo © Maxence Dedry

Béatrice et Bénédict

Opera in two acts (1862)

Music
Hector Berlioz
Libretto
Hector Berlioz

After William Shakespeare
In French

Conductor
Philippe Jordan
Semi-staged by
Stephen Taylor
Don Pedro
François Lis
Claudio
Florian Sempey
Héro
Sabine Devieilhe
Béatrice
Stéphanie d'Oustrac
Béatrice (spoken role)
Julie Duchaussoy
Bénédict
Paul Appleby
Bénédict (spoken role)
Fitzgerald Berthon
Ursule
Aude Extrémo
Somarone
Laurent Naouri
Léonato (spoken role)
Didier Sandre
Un Prêtre (spoken role)
Frédéric Merlo
Lighting design
Christian Pinaud
Costume design
Nathalie Prats
Chorus master
José Luis Basso

Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris

French and English surtitles

Diffusion sur France Musique le 23 avril 2017 à 20h00

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"Since it’s obv ious we’re going to hate each other, let’s get married!"

Béatrice et Bénédict, Acte II, scène 6


From bickering and disputes to wars of words and fleeting glances, Béatrice and Bénédict can hardly bear each other’s presence and yet both constantly seek ways to be together. With two strong temperaments, as irritating as they are endearing, theirs is a passion that arouses the doubts of those who by stratagem reveal a love that only the protagonists managed to ignore… The quality of the libretto, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing has often been questioned, but the work’s magnificent duets and trios have always been held in high regard. Carried along in a maelstrom of laughter, joy, bad faith, deferred confessions, concealed kindness and false indifference, the opera overflows with musical summits, the epitome of which is the scintillating Nocturne at the end of Act I – a slow duet of pure poetry in which Ursule and Héro express their unfathomable love for nature.

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