Chabrier: L'étoile

Album cover art for upc 730099009164
Label: NAXOS
Catalog: NBD0091V
Format: BLU RAY

CHORUS OF DUTCH NATIONAL OPERA RESIDENTIE ORKEST THE GAHUGE FOURNILLIER

L’Étoile did much to establish Chabrier as a major force on the Parisian stage and his contemporary Henri Duparc praised him specifically for creating a French comic genre, both funny and musical – described as something of a French Die Meistersinger. The fanciful story is set in an imaginary kingdom and all, naturally, ends well. However, despite the slight plot line L’Étoile is something of a pivotal work, a unique example of French 19th-century light opera, orchestrated with great sophistication and flooded with gossamer wit. This production, featuring Stephane d’Oustrac, Christophe Mortagne, and Helene Guilmette, is a co-production of the Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam and Francois Roussillon et Associes.

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