Chausson's 'King Arthur' From the Bastille Opera
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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