When Gounod's "Cinq-Mars" premiered in Paris in 1877, it was criticized as a sort of hybrid stuck between the contrasting worlds of French Grand Opera and opéra comique. Yet with its passionate, historical story, and the allure of Gounod's highly accomplished score, it's beginning to get a second chance.
On World of Opera, Gounod's rarely performed historical drama comes to us from the Prince Regent Theater in Munich. The stars are tenor Mathias Vidal in the title role, and soprano Veronique Gens as Princess Marie, in a production led by conductor Ulf Schirmer.
Marquis of Cinq-Mar: Mathias Vidal (tenor)
Princess Marie of Gonzague: Veronique Gens (soprano)
Father Joseph: Andrew-Foster Williams (bass-baritone)
François de Thou: Tassis Christoyannis (baritone)
Marion Delorme: Norma Nahoun (soprano)
Eustache: Matthias Ettmayr (bass)
Viscount Fontrailles: André Heyboer (baritone)
King Lous XIII: Jacques-Greg Belobo (bass-baritone)
Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Ulf Schirmer, conductor