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Dinorah ou Le Pardon de Ploërmel (concert version)

Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 – 1864)
Sat 07.03.2020 - 19:30 h
C-Prices: € 100,– / € 82,– / € 58,– / € 34,– / € 24,–

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Opéra comique in three act
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on two Breton tales by Émile Souvestre, "La Chasse aux trésors" and "Le Kacouss de l'Armor"
First performed (1st version) at the Opéra Comique (Salle Favart), in Paris, on 4 April 1859
First performed (2nd version) at the Royal Opera House, in London, on 26 July 1859
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 4 March 2020

In French language with German and English surtitels

3 hrs / one interval

45 minutes before beginning: Introduction (in German language)

About the performance

To most opera enthusiasts, Giacomo Meyerbeer's DINORAH was long known from one single recording. It was the interpretation of the aria of mania "Ombre légère" by Maria Callas, who identified the title heroine of this work as the sister of other great women of opera such as Donizetti's Lucia, Amina from Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA, or Ophelia from Ambroise Thomas's HAMLET. All of these tender heroines fled a world that they no longer understood, into mania, murder, sleepwalking, or dancing like Dinorah with her own shadow.

In its entirety, however, the opera comique DINORAH OU LE PARDON DE PLOERMEL originally performed in 1859 is yet to be discovered: with this Meyerbeer is able to achieve a late playful-poetic and simultaneously humourously broken invocation of the Romantic world of spirits and faeries. In his combination of lyrical, folkloric and comical elements, Meyerbeer's scoring of the story about a married couple Dinorah and Hoël who are separated by mysterious circumstances during a pilgrimage and later happily reunited develops an entirely unique, subtle palette of tones.

For the Deutsche Oper Berlin the celebrated concert performance of DINORAH at the Berliner Philharmonic in 2014, also available on CD, marked the beginning of a cycle of Meyerbeer's great stage works. As part of the Meyerbeer Days it will now be heard once more, this time with France's new star in the sky of vocalists, coloratura soprano Sabine Devieilhe in the lead role.