MESSIAEN, O.: Saint Francois d'Assise (DNO, 2008)

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Saint Francois d'Assise
Libretto/Text Author: Messiaen, Olivier

Frere Bernard: Arapian, Armand
Frere Elie: Kaasch, Donald
Frere Leon: Neven, Henk
Frere Massee: Randle, Thomas
Frere Rufin: Morsch, Andre
Frere Sylvestre: Baljet, Jan-Willem
Saint Francois: Gilfry, Rodney

Set/Stage Designer: Kalman, Jean
Costume Designer: Figus, Angelo
Lighting Designer: Kalman, Jean
Stage Director: Audi, Pierre
DVD Producer: Damme, Ferenc van
Television Director: Vermeiren, Misjel

Date of Production: 16-06-2008
Venue: Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam
Playing Time: 04:30:53
Catalogue Number: OA1007D
UPC: 809478010074

Synopsis

Messiaen's breathtakingly intense opera on the life of St. Francis of Assisi stars Rod Gilfry as the charismatic visionary, beguiled by the glory of creation, yet fearful of both its imperfections and its transience. Pierre Audi's thoroughly engaging production for The Netherlands Opera brings out the naive imagery, the grandeur, and above all the vast tenderness of the resplendent score, revealed as a grandiose ritual with the meaning and purpose of life as its central theme. But the real drama of the work takes place in the orchestra. Elevated to stupendous heights by the sublimely inspired Ingo Metzmacher, The Hague Philharmonic and the Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera combine forces with a brilliant cast to produce the finest possible musical pilgrimage.

Bonus features:

- Illustrated Synopsis.

- Interviews: The Children

- Interviews: The Message

- Interviews: "A Chamber Piece … Really"
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