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Susan Graham
27 Apr 2008

MASSENET: Chérubin

Chérubin: Comédie chantée in three acts.

Streaming Audio

Jules Massenet: Chérubin

Susan Graham (Chérubin)
Robert Lloyd (Le Philosophe)
Maria Bayo (L´Ensoleillad)
Angela Gheorghiu (Nina)
Gerard Quinn (Count)
Jane Leslie Mackenzie (Countess)
Peter Savidge (Baron)
Fiona Kimm (Baroness)
Ryland Davies (Duke)
Gordon Wilson (Ricardo)
Gordon Sandison (Innkeeper)
Bryan Secombe (Officer)
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Mario Bernardi
Live broadcast, 24 February 1994, London

 

Music composed by Jules Massenet. Libretto by Henri Cain and Francis de Croisset after the latter’s play.

First Performance: 14 February 1905, Monte Carlo Opéra.

Principal Characters:
Chérubin Soprano
L´Ensoieillad Soprano
Nina Soprano
La Comtesse Soprano
La Baronne Mezzo-Soprano
Le Philosophe Bass or Baritone
Le Compte Baritone
Le Duc Tenor
Le Baron Baritone
Le Capitaine Ricardo Tenor
L´Hôtelier Baritone
Un officier (très grand) Bass

Massenet´s comedy explores the love affairs of Cherubino, the amorous page of The Marriage of Figaro, the second play in the Beaumarchais Figaro trilogy. The title-rôle was designed for Mary Garden, Debussy´s first Mélisande.

[Source: Naxos]

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