Auber earned international adulation in the late 1820s for his revolutionary grand opera La Muette de Portici and by the time he composed La Sirène, the success of which inspired potpourris of its melodies, he occupied a central place in French musical life. The mysterious siren of the title is part of a plot that abounds in fantastic comedy, love, betrayal, farce and festivity in the lineage of Italian popular theatre. The German poet Heinrich Heine wrote that ”La Sirène was received with resounding bravos … The author and the composer know how to amuse us agreeably, and even to enchant us, or to dazzle us by the luminous facets of their spirit.”
Daniel François Esprit Auber (1782-1871)
”La Sirène ” (1844)
World Premiere Recording
Opéra-comique in three acts (AWV 37)
Libretto by Augustin-Eugène Scribe (1791–1861)
First performance: Opéra-Comique (Deuxième Salle Favart),
Paris, 26 March 1844.
Zerlina, a young peasant, sister of Scopetto: Jeanne Crousaud, Soprano
Mathéa, a servant: Dorothée Lorthiois, Soprano
Scopetto, an adventurer: Xavier Flabat, Tenor
Scipion, a young mariner: Jean-Noël Teyssier, Tenor
Le Duc de Popoli, governor of the Abruzzi: Jean-Fernand Setti, Bass
Nicolaio Bolbaya, director of Court pageants: Benjamin Mayenobe, Bass
Pecchione, companion of Scopetto: Jacques Calatayud, Baritone
Le Grand-Juge: Pierre de Bucy, Speaker
Chorus of Soldiers and Smugglers: Les Métaboles
Léo Warynski, Chorus Master;
Orchestre des Frivolités Parisiennes,
David Reiland, Conductor.
Recorded live: January 26, 2018 at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, France.
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