Boesmans: On Purge Bébé!

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Label: Fuga Libera
Catalog: FUG818

Varnier, Jerome; Devos, Jodie; Akiki, Bassem; Delaere, Denzil; Monnaie Symphony Orchestra; Bou, Jean-Sébastien

I’d read On purge bébé ! even before I composed Pinocchio. I said to myself: ‘This is a wonderful play... but it’s impossible to turn it into an opera’. And if I say something like that, it means that I’m going to do it — it’s like I’m setting myself a kind of challenge! I liked a lot of things in this play. It’s rather malicious, as it presents an image of a smug, pretentious, and uneducated petty bourgeoisie and their complete dishonesty. I don’t think anyone has ever done an opera based one of Feydeau’s plays — at least, not that I know of. People don’t think of turning Feydeau into an opera...

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