Friday, 2 December 2011

Berlioz - Béatrice et Bénédict - full download

Nicholas Collon conducted Berlioz Béatrice et Bénédict with the Chelsea Opera Group last week at Cadogan Hall., Pleasae read Robert Hugill's review HERE. I've been busy lately, so listened instead to Colin Davis conducting Joyce DiDonato and Charles Workman at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris in 2009. Luxury casting. Listen to the full streaming download HERE in Opera Today. There's a link to the libretto, too. Enjoy!

The picture is by Artuš Scheiner (1863-1938) a contemprary of Janáček and Alfons Mucha.  It comes from his illustrations for Much Ado about Nothing, part of a series of translations from Shakespeare. Click on the photo to expand, and see the detail. (Berlioz dropped the Don Juan character from the opera)

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