Massenet Catches the Verismo Wave with Thérèse, La Navarraise

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Wexford Opera House Wexford Opera House (Gabriela Avram/flickr/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Massenet's Thérèse and La Navarraise in a highly-entertaining double bill from the Wexford Festival in Ireland. Soprano Nora Sourouzian and tenor Philippe Do play the fiery couples in both operas, in performances led by conductor Carlos Izcaray.

Despite being known primarily for his single truly great opera, Manon, Massenet was among the most versatile and prolific opera composers of his time. The two short dramas featured here are seldom heard today, but together they make a stunning double bill.

Cast:

In Thérèse:

Thérèse: Nora Sourouzian (mezzo-soprano)

Armand de Clerval: Philippe Do (tenor)

André Thorel: Brian Mulligan (baritone) 

Morel: Damian Pass (baritone)

In La Navarraise:

Anita: Nora Sourouzian 

Araquil: Philippe Do 

Garrido: Brian Mulligan 

Remigio: Damian Pass

Wexford Festival Orchestra and Chorus

conductor: Carlos Izcaray

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