ESCAICH, T.: Claude (Lyon Opera, 2013)

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Claude
Libretto/Text Author: Badinter, Robert

Deuxieme Personnage: Sheffield, Philip
Deuxieme Surveillant: Sheffield, Philip
L'Entrepreneur: Alvaro, Laurent
Le Surveillant General: Alvaro, Laurent
Premier Personnage: Mathieu, Remi
Premier Surveillant: Mathieu, Remi

Set/Stage Designer: Weitz, Pierre-Andre
Costume Designer: Weitz, Pierre-Andre
Lighting Designer: Killy, Bertrand
Choreographer: Izzo, Daniel
Stage Director: Py, Olivier
Television Director: Massip, Vincent

Venue: Opera Nouvel, Lyon
Playing Time: 01:36:54
Catalogue Number: BAC118
UPC: 3760115301184

A modern opera inspired by Victor Hugo's Claude Gueux, on a libretto by Robert Badinter and music by Thierry Escaich. The synopsis of Claude is based on a true story. Robert Badinter has read again and again the original file from the judicial archives of Troyes. Claude is a silk worker from la Croix-Rousse. He tries to lives a happy life with his wife and daughter. For them and for him he refuses the misery imposed by their condition. When his boss lays off workers to replace them by new English machines. Claude grabs his rifle and run to the barricades.

Claude is sentenced to 7 years of hard-Labor at Clairvaux's prison workshop. His love for the quality of his work and his hate of injustice makes him a charismatic figure for the others prisoners. To weaken him, the prison warden separates Claude from his most precious friend, Albin. From this, follows a chain of injustice and violence in witch Claude finish to kill the director. He will himself be "guillotined" (decapitated).

Claude is a plea against prison and for human dignity worn by magnificent performers: Jean-Sebastien Bou, in the title role, Jean-Philippe Lafont and Rodrigo Ferreira. The Orchestre de l'Opera de Lyon is conducted by Jeremie Rhorer. This thrilling opera is staged by Olivier Py.

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