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