International intrigue is the order of the day when a novice priest turns fearsome warrior, to win the hand of a king's mistress, in Donizetti's La Favorite, a drama that combines the pomp and elegance of French grand opera with the passionate intensity of Donizetti's Italian tragedies.
This production presents Donizetti's original French version of La Favorite, from a company that surely wouldn't have it any other way, the Champs-Elysées Theatre in Paris.
Conductor: Paolo Arrivabeni
Léonor: Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)
Fernand: Marc Laho (tenor)
Alphonse: Ludovic Tézier (baritone)
Balthazar: Carlo Colombara (bass)
Don Gaspar: Loic Felix (tenor)
Inés: Judith Gauthier (soprano)
National Orchestra of France
Radio France Chorus