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Watch: Mark Elder explores the music of L’Étoile — 'It's quite extraordinary'

The conductor explored the music of relatively unknown composer Emmanuel Chabrier with the help of two principal cast members.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

1 February 2016 at 5.09pm | 1 Comment

Conductor Mark Elder recently explored the music of Emmanuel Chabrier’s L’Étoile as part of an ROH Insights event.

‘He played the piano in a very experimental way', he said of the composer. 'All that quality and personality, you will find in this score. It’s quite extraordinary.'

Despite producing a small canon of work, Chabrier was a significant influence on a number of major composers of the 20th century, including Debussy, Stravinsky and Mahler.

The Insight event explored the composer's unique musical style with performances by two of the cast’s French singers – Christophe Mortagne, who sings the role of King Ouf, and Hélène Guilmette who sings the role of Princess Laoula.

‘It’s brilliant to hear the subtleties of this language to be performed by the whole cast. They really have a command of the French that is so beautiful.’

The event also explored the nature of L’Etoile as an opéra bouffe:

‘A bouffe plot has a madness, a zany quality that goes right beyond the domestic, traditional comic opera. I want you to enjoy trying to piece it all together', said Elder.

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L’Étoile runs 1–24 February 2016. Tickets are still available.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

1 February 2016 at 5.09pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Mariame Clément, Chrisophe Mortagne, Emmanuel Chabrier, Hélène Guilmette, insights, L'Étoile, Mark Elder, Music, opéra bouffe, score

This article has 1 comment

  1. Fiona responded on 2 February 2016 at 8:16am Reply

    Ooh. Wish I'd seen this before watching the opening night. On the tube home a complete stranger carrying a L'Etoile programme said that in all the years he had been going to the ROH, that was the most beautiful opera he had ever seen.

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