Donizetti's La Favorite from Paris

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Donizetti's 'La Favorite' from the Champs-Elysées Theatre in Paris. Donizetti's 'La Favorite' from the Champs-Elysées Theatre in Paris. (Vincent Pontet/WikiSpectacle)

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.

Cast: 

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

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