Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (Die Hugenotten) / Denning, Leech, Welker, Capasso

Release Date: 2/26/2013
Label: Arthaus Musik
Catalog Number: 102302
Conductor: Stefan Soltesz
Number of Discs: 1

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The grand opera Die Hugenotten was one of the greatest operatic successes of the 19th century, and its creator was hailed as the foremost composer of his time. Yet today, he is largely forgotten by the opera-going public and his works lie gathering dust in opera house repertories around the world.

Die Hugenotten was performed at the opening of the new Covent Garden Opera in London in 1858. However, it was a performance at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1890 which went into the history books. In the German translations by Ignatz Franz Castelli (1837 Vienna) and Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer (1838 Munich), the conflict between Catholics and Protestants was heavily disguised; a new version was created by Gustaf Gründgens and Julius Kapp in Berlin in 1932.

John Dew’s modern production, conducted by Stefan Soltesz, caused somewhat of a sensation when it was first performed in 1987 at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin. Giving the period and content of the work new reference points, his staging becomes almost oppressively contemporary: he sets the opera in divided Berlin, where the wall is a symbol of the separation of the two German states. Angela Denning, Lucy Peacock, Richard Leech and Martin Blasius fascinate with their wonderful voices and impressive acting.

Giacomo Meyerbeer
DIE HUGENOTTEN (Les Huguenots)
German version by Ignatz Franz Castelli
(Sung in German)

Margarethe von Valois – Angela Denning
Valentine – Lucy Peacock
Raoul von Nangis – Richard Leech
Graf von Saint-Bris – Hartmut Welker
Urban – Camille Capasso
Marcel – Martin Blasius

Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus and Orchestra
(chorus master: Georg Metz)
Stefan Soltesz, conductor

John Dew, stage director
Gottfried Pilz, set and costume designer

Recorded live from the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1991

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Running time: 156 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)



Works on This Recording
1. Les Huguenots by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer: Camille Capasso (Mezzo Soprano), Hartmut Welker (Baritone), Angela Denning (Soprano), Lucy Peacock (Soprano), Martin Blasius (Bass), Richard Leech (Tenor)
Conductor: Stefan Soltesz
Period: Romantic
Written: 1836 ; France
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