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Composer: Massenet, Jules (1842-1912)

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Year of birth1842
Year of death1912
NationalityFrance
PeriodRomantic
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GlyndebourneCendrillon

Alix Le Saux (Cendrillon) © Richard Hubert Smith
Massenet: Cendrillon
Duncan Ward; Fiona Shaw; Glyndebourne on Tour; Jon Bausor; Nicky Gillibrand; Alix Le Saux; Agnes Zwierko

OxfordA French Songbook: Véronique Gens & Susan Manoff

A French Songbook: Véronique Gens & Susan Manoff
Gounod, de Polignac, Chausson, Massenet, Duparc, Hahn, Offenbach
Véronique Gens; Susan Manoff

BerlinCendrillon (Cinderella)

© Monika Rittershaus
Massenet: Cendrillon
Ainārs Rubiķis; Damiano Michieletto; Komische Oper Berlin; Sabine Franz; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

HalifaxMezzo-Soprano Julie Nesrallah

Mezzo-Soprano Julie Nesrallah
Rossini, Poulenc, Grovlez, Hahn, Grothe, Ravel, Falla, Bizet, Massenet, Hamlisch, Arlen, Bolcom
Julie Nesrallah; Robert Kortgaard

DüsseldorfRussische Nationalphilharmonie - Mutig und hochbegabt

© Yann Orhan
Massenet, Ravel, Tchaikovsky
Russian National Orchestra; Vladimir Spivakov; Lucas Debargue
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Overwrought and over-thought: Cendrillon

Alix Le Saux (Cendrillon) © Richard Hubert Smith
In her anxiety to be ‘new’, Shaw slaps a sackload of semi-comprehensible ideas onto a sort-of present day update.
***11
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A Proms debut by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Renaud Capuçon and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
A century on from its birth, one of Switzerland’s leading orchestras finally makes its Proms debut in a scintillating programme of French and Russian music.
****1
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Sins of the fathers: Le Cid at Dorset Opera Festival

Leonardo Capalbo (Rodrigue) and Dorset Opera Chorus © Fritz Curzon
Dorset Opera Festival's bold decision to programme Massenet's obscure opera about a medieval Castilian hero proves to be a major success.
****1
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A dark update for Werther in Prague

Štěpánka Pučálková (Charlotte) and Peter Berger (Werther) © Patrik Borecký
Willy Decker's enduring production gets smart treatment in a handsome revival.
****1
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Minnesota Opera's Thaïs: a bright star in Massenet’s galaxy of women

Lucas Meachem (Athanaël) © Cory Weaver
In a highly effective stage presentation, the Minnesota Opera tells Jules Massenet’s story of two personalities whose spiritual journeys are like two ships passing in the night.
****1
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