Chausson's 'King Arthur' From the Bastille Opera

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chausson's 'King Arthur' from the Bastille Opera in Paris. Chausson's 'King Arthur' from the Bastille Opera in Paris. (Andrea Messana/OnP)

In early 20th-century Brussels, opera lovers were asked to name their favorite works. At the top of the list were Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde," Debussy's "Pelleas and Melisande" and Chausson's "King Arthur."  It's easy to see and hear why. Chausson's only completed opera has a love story worthy of Tristan, and a score that represents the best of late 19th-century France. 

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Chausson's "King Arthur" in an all-star production from the Bastille Opera in Paris, the composer's hometown. Baritone Thomas Hampson sings the title role, with tenor Roberto Alagna as Lancelot, and mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch as Guinevere, in a performance led by conductor Philippe Jordan.


King Arthur: Thomas Hampson (baritone)
Guinevere: Sophie Koch (mezzo-soprano)
Sir Lancelot: Roberto Alagna (tenor)
Lionel: Stanislas de Barbeyrac (tenor)l
Merlin: Peter Sidhom (baritone)
Mordred: Alexandre Duhamel (bass) Mordred
Allan: Frzncois Lis (bass) Allan

Paris National Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Phillipe Jordan, conductor

Comments [2]

Dede Bacro from Bradenton, Florida

Not too crazy about the production, but a very strong cast and masterful conducting by Philippe Jordan... also very happy to hear a mostly native cast sing French correctly for a change...

Aug. 28 2015 05:41 PM
francesca Cecchini from TRIESTE

Nothing to do with Wagner, the greatest one, sometime it reminds me "Pelleas and Melisande", but the music is not so fine. The poor singers, what a damage for their voices! Very good this cast, my love to Thomas Hampson, so intense.

Aug. 27 2015 07:23 PM

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