Massenet's Cléopâtre From Paris

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The Champs-Elysées in Paris at night.

Massenet's final opera, Cléopâtre, not performed until two years after the composer's death, tells the powerful story of one of the ancient world's most intriguing historical figures and her ill-fated romance with Rome's Mark Antony.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Massenet's Cléopâtre from the Champs-Elysées Theatre in Paris. Mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch stars in the title role, with baritone Frédéric Goncalves as Mark Antony, in a performance led by conductor Michel Plasson.

Cléopâtre: Sophie Koch (mezzo-soprano)
Marc-Antoine: Frédéric Goncalves (baritone)
Octavie: Cassandre Berthon (soprano)
Spakos: Benjamin Bernheim (tenor)
Severus: Jean-Gabriel Saint Martin (baritone)
Charmion: Olivia Doray (soprano)
Ennius: Pierre-Yves Binard

Paris Opera Chorus
Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra
Michel Plasson, conductor