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Petitgirard: The Elephant Man / Sykorova, Rivenq, Et Al

Petitgirard / Sykorova / Rivenq / Breaul
Release Date: 09/20/2005 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 2220001  
Composer:  Laurent Petitgirard
Performer:  Nicolas CourjalElsa MaurusNicolas RivenqValérie Condoluci,   ... 
Conductor:  Laurent Petitgirard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic OrchestraNice Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Laurent PETITGIRARD (b. 1950)

Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man

Elephant Man - Jana Sykorova
Doctor Treves - Nicolas Rivenq
Tom Norman, showman - Robert Breault
Mary, nurse - Valérie Condoluci
Eva Lükes, matron - Elsa Maurus
Carr Gomm, hospital manager - Nicolas Courjal
The Coloratura - Magali Léger
Jimmy, showman's assistant - Mari Laurila-Lili
Nice Opera Chorus · Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Laurent Petitgirard

DVD 9 · NTSC · Regions 1-6
Picture Format: 16:9
Audio Formats: Dolby Digital 2.0 · Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English · French ·
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Running time: 166 mins

Written in 1998, Petitgirard's opera differs from David Lynch's cult film in offering an entirely different perspective on the tale of Joseph Merrick, born in 1863 with horrific deformities, exhibited as a freak at the circus, taken in by Dr. Treves at the London Hospital and subsequently afforded celebrity status. Where the film is based largely on Dr. Treves' memoirs, the opera is based on biographies of Joseph Merrick giving his character a more central focus than in the film.

"The opera is many ways the most original treatment of the story... The most revolutionary aspect of the opera is the writing of Merrick's part for a female singer. At first tempted to make Merrick a counter-tenor, Petitgirard finally decided that only the contralto voice could give him the effects he wanted. Certainly, in the theatre, this helps to create the aura of strangeness, of otherness, which Merrick personifies." -- The Independent "Petitgirard's musical vocabulary reflects his French heritage - the influences of Fauré, Ravel, Poulenc and Satie are evident - but his subtlety, melodic gift and sensitivity to the drama make him well-equipped to inherit the mantle and create his own outstandingly original idiom... No doubt [the opera] would prove even more powerful onstage than on disc." -- Opera News
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Works on This Recording

Joseph Merrick dit Elephant Man by Laurent Petitgirard
Performer:  Nicolas Courjal (Bass), Elsa Maurus (Mezzo Soprano), Nicolas Rivenq (Baritone),
Valérie Condoluci (Soprano), Jana Sykorova (Mezzo Soprano), Robert Breault (Tenor),
Magali Léger (Soprano), Mari Laurila-Lili (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Laurent Petitgirard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra,  Nice Opera Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996-1998; France 

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