Esclarmonde. Composer: Jules Massenet · Performance History · Libretto · Synopsis. see also World of Jules Massenet. Read the libretto, translated to english, of the French opera Esclarmonde by Jules Massenet on With links to other information and other. Browse through all arias, ensembles and roles from the opera Esclarmonde by Jules Massenet. With links More info on Esclarmonde Esclarmonde Libretto .

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The role of Esclarmonde is notoriously difficult to sing, with stratospheric coloratura passages that are possible for only the most gifted of performers. He recounts how he was astonished by the range and capacity of her voice, realizing at once that she was the perfect choice for the heroine of his libretho opera, which he had begun to compose at end of Live performance in-house28 NovemberCovent Garden, London.

Original poster for the premiere. Brass Scholarship in Review. Interview with Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge”. Soon the libretto found its way into Massenet’s hands, though the precise circumstances in which this occurred remain a mystery. The story ilbretto based on a medieval legend and revolves around Esclarmonde, an empress and sorceress of Byzantium. She gives him a magic sword. In the original tale, however, the protagonist sorceress is called “Melior”; Esclarmonde’s name was borrowed from another chanson de geste of lbiretto 13th century: Esclarmonde promises him that she will visit him every night wherever he may be.

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Massenet dedicated the work to Sybil Sanderson in gratitude, allowing her signature to stand alongside his own in the manuscript of the score. The confrontation scene proceeds with Roland trying at the last moment to use his sword to defend her from the monks.


However, it is his literary works that have most consistently sustained his reputation, and that also serve to demonstrate most clearly his many-faceted relationship to music. For other uses, esclarmlnde Esclarmonde disambiguation.

Words and music by Richard Wagner. After a very successful initial run, however, the opera disappeared from the repertoire and fell into almost complete oblivion.

He had already seen the entire Ring cycle when it was produced in Brussels in Esclarmonde sends her beloved to an enchanted island, where wsclarmonde will seduce him.

I puritani I puritaniopera seria in three acts Vincenzo Bellini: Music composed by Ambroise Thomas. Sequestered by her emperor father, Phorcas, who has recently abdicated the throne to her, she bemoans her love for Roland, a knight and Count of Bloisbelieving she will never be allowed to be with him. A tournament takes place to award the victor with Esclarmonde’s hand in marriage. The princess may now express her love and reveal her face.

Desparate, Roland enters a Byzantine tournament seeking death. Lucrezia Borgia Lucrezia Borgia: In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Although the Esclarmonde who appears in Huon is completely different from her operatic counterpart, Huon clearly served as the basis of at least part of the opera’s libretto. The ex-emperor, Phorcas, upon hearing of Esclarmonde’s disobedience, summons her to him and insists she renounce Roland. Zaira Zaira, Tragedia lirica in two acts. Esclarmonde arrives that night.

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When she died around the start of the 20th century, it seems that Massenet himself lost interest in the opera he had written for her and he discouraged any further productions. Cigale L’histoire de Manon arr. HamletMoscow Hamlet: Grosse komische Oper in two acts. List of compositions by Jules Massenet Category: Streaming Audio Jules Massenet: Phorcas awkens his daughter libretyo enjoins her to renounce Roland.



During the most intensive period of creation in the summer ofMassenet moved into the Grand Hotel in Veveywhere Miss Sanderson was also staying; there he rehearsed with her each evening the various sections of his new opera as he composed them.

Operas based on the works of Friedrich von Schiller This theme relates to operas based on the works of Friedrich von Schiller. Alfred Blau Louis Ferdinand de Gramont. Music composed by Jules Massenet. When he finally confesses his nightly tryst to the Bishop of Blois, the bishop and a group of monks intervene on Esclarmonde’s arrival, performing an exorcism and in a crucial moment manage to tear off her veil and thus reveal her identity. Dramma lirico in four acts.

It is almost certain, however, that he had received the libretto to Esclarmonde much earlier than that, [2] and the meeting with Sybil Sanderson served rather as an additional catalyst — a stimulus to complete the opera. She bids goodbye to Roland and disappears, escorted by the spirits of the fire.

Soon afterwards Sybil Sanderson fell ill. Esclarmonde is perhaps Massenet’s most ambitious work for the stage and is esclwrmonde most Wagnerian in style and scope. But Roland refuses to accept that offer not disclosing the reason. This page was last edited on 21 Septemberat