Opera Night Saturday 11 November 2017
Christophe Rousset conducts Les Talens Lyriques in Lully’s Alceste from a recent recording on the Aparte Music label of this plot from Greek mythology around four principal characters Aleste sung by Judith Van Wanroij, Lycomedes sung by Douglas Williams, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro is Admetus and Edwin Crossley-Mercer is Alcide.
Debussy’s only completed opera Pelleas et Melisande, is widely considered to be one of the 20th century’s greatest. His setting of Maurice Maeterlinck’s love triangle between Melisande (Magdalena Kozena, pictured) and Golaud (Gerald Finley, pictured) and his younger half-brother Pelleas (Christian Gerhaher) creates a distinctive and tense atmosphere. This is all underpinned by Debussy’s complex and subtle harmonies and expressive use of colour as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under conductor Simon Rattle.