Saint François d'Assise

Messiaen's breathtakingly intense opera on the life of St Francis of Assisi stars Rod Gilfry as the charismatic visionary, beguiled by the glory of creation, yet fearful of both its imperfections and its transience. Pierre Audi's thoroughly engaging production for The Netherlands Opera brings out the naive imagery, the grandeur, and above all the vast tenderness of the resplendent score, revealed as a grandiose ritual with the meaning and purpose of life as its central theme. But the real drama of the work takes place in the orchestra. Elevated to stupendous heights by the sublimely inspired Ingo Metzmacher, The Hague Philharmonic and the Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera combine forces with a brilliant cast to produce the finest possible musical pilgrimage.

Archive Alexander Street
Duration 04:36:26
Language French
Year 2009
Featured Ensemble The Hague Philharmonic
Chorus of the Netherlands Opera (DNO, De Nederlandse Opera, Dutch Opera)
Performance Venue Stopera. Muziektheater, Amsterdam
Publisher Opus Arte
Catalog Number OA1007D

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Hans Petri
1996—