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MASSENET, J.: Portrait de Manon (Le) [Opera] / BERLIOZ, H.: Les nuits d'ete, Op. 7 (Southbank Sinfonia)

MASSENET, J.: Portrait de Manon (Le) [Opera] / BERLIOZ, H.: Les nuits d'ete, Op. 7 (Southbank Sinfonia)

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release date: October 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


Southbank Sinfonia


Geoffrey Paterson


Volker Krafft


ZhengZhong Zhou


Pablo Bemsch


Hanna Hipp


Studio chorus



Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom


Record Label
Opera rara




Total Time - 76:14
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MASSENET, J.: Portrait de Manon (Le) [Opera] / BERLIOZ, H.: Les nuits d'ete, Op. 7 (Southbank Sinfonia)

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Le portrait de Manon

1 Prelude 02:27
2 Hardi! Hardi! Les jeunes filles (Chorus, Aurore) 01:26
3 L'amour, toujours l'amour maudit! (Des Grieux, Aurore) 01:37
4 Hardi! Hardi! Les jeunes filles (Chorus, Des Grieux) 00:30
5 Et le calme supreme (Des Grieux) 05:15
6 Mais quelqu'un vient (Jean, Des Grieux) 01:07
7 En l'an deux cent onze de Rome (Jean) 01:17
8 C'est fort bien! (Des Grieux, Jean) 02:02
9 A l'heure ou la rosee s'eveille (Des Grieux, Jean) 04:28
10 Mon camarade (Tiberge, Des Grieux) 01:30
11 Dans le uits ou jadis logeait la Verite (Des Grieux, Tiberge) 02:15
12 Qu'est-ce encore? De l'argent? (Des Grieux, Tiberge) 01:12
13 Duetto: Bon monsieur, vous avez reussi (Aurore, Jean, Tiberge) 01:30
14 Aurore, il faut mourir! (Jean, Aurore) 02:42
15 Les yeux dans vos yeux, a genoux (Jean, Aurore) 02:11
16 On se serait assis sur le gazon (Aurore) 02:34
17 Bravo! Bravo! (Jean, Aurore) 00:42
18 Le chevalier toujours me cacha ce portrait (Jean, Aurore, Tiberge) 01:41
19 Vous meritez un chatiment severe! (Des Grieux, Jean) 00:32
20 Le pauvre enfant! (Des Grieux) 03:00
21 L'amour, ineffable mystere (Aurore, Des Grieux) 01:04
22 Enfants … mes chers enfants! (Des Grieux, Aurore, Jean, Tiberge) 02:27
23 Aurore! (Aurore, Jean, Des Grieux, Tiberge) 01:29
 ZhengZhong Zhou Soloist
 Geoffrey Paterson Conductor



Les nuits d'ete, Op. 7

24 No. 1. Villanelle 02:10
25 No. 2. Le Spectre de la rose 06:22
26 No. 3. Sur les lagunes 06:12
27 No. 4. Absence 05:37
28 No. 5. Au cimetiere 06:51
29 No. 6. L'Ile inconnue 04:04
 Pablo Bemsch Soloist
 Volker Krafft Conductor
 Hanna Hipp Soloist

 Opera Rara’s commitment to upcoming young artists has been an essential part of the company’s work since it began and this new release features a double bill of Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon and Berlioz’s song cycle Les Nuits d’été, recorded from live staged performances at the Royal Opera House with artists from the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and the Southbank Sinfonia.This is the first time the composers Massenet and Berlioz have appeared as part of the Opera Rara catalogue.

Le Portrait de Manon (1894) – from the opening bars of Des Grieux’s celebrated air “Ah fuyez, douce image”, the score is peppered with familiar quotations from Massenet’s earlier work, Manon – written 10 years before. Des Grieux (ZhengZhong Zhou) is now an old man, still obsessed with memories of his lost love Manon, and keeps a portrait of her in a sealed box. He is worried when his impressionable young nephew Jean (Hanna Hipp) tells of his love for a penniless girl, Aurore (Susana Gaspar), convinced that she is little more than a gold-digger. Persuaded by his friend Tiberge (Pablo Bemsch), Des Grieux comes to realise that their love is genuine when they discover the portrait and it is revealed that Aurore is, in fact, the niece of his beloved Manon.
Les Nuits d’été – We are more familiar with hearing the cycle performed in concert by a solo voice but Berlioz did, in fact, intend these songs to be distributed amongst a number of different voice types, so it seems a natural choice to follow this arrangement for the young artists performing here.
This album is a live recording from a staged performance.
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