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Mary Magdalene by Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys (c. 1860)
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MASSENET: Marie-Magdeleine

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Jules Massenet: Marie-Magdeleine

Jésus: Jaromír Achatzi
Judas: Richard Haan
Marthe: Pavlina Kambourova
Méryem: Valentina Tschavdarova
Czech Philharmonic Chorus of Brno, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Leoš Svárovský (cond.)
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Music composed by Jules Massenet. Libretto by Louis Gallet based on La vie de Jésus (1863) by Ernest Renan.

First performance: 11 April 1873, Théâtre de l'Odéon, Paris (concert performance).

Principal Characters:
Marie-Magdeleine (Méryem)Mezzo-Soprano

Click here for La vie de Jésus (1863) by Ernest Renan.

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