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Composer: Messager, Andre (1853-1929)

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Year of birth1853
Year of death1929
NationalityUnknown
PeriodRomantic
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LondonAsphodel Meadows / The Two Pigeons

Poulenc, Messager
Liam Scarlett; Louis Mérante; Henry Régnier; Sir Frederick Ashton; Royal Ballet; Barry Wordsworth; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden

LondonThe Royal Ballet School / The Two Pigeons

Messager: The Two Pigeons (Ashton)
Louis Mérante; Henry Régnier; Sir Frederick Ashton; Royal Ballet; The Royal Ballet School; Barry Wordsworth; Jacques Dupont; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden

ParisSpectacle de l'école de danse

Rameau, Paulli, Messager
Unknown; August Bournonville; Louis Mérante; Albert Aveline; Ecole de danse de l'Opéra de Paris
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Catherine Trottmann beguiles in French mélodies

Catherine Trottmann © Caroline Doutre
Trottmann used profile, posture and facial expression to bring each song to life. 
****1
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Rhapsody/The Two Pigeons

<span>Francesca Hayward and James Hay in Rhapsody</span> © ROH, 2016 | Helen Maybanks
The Royal Ballet gives polished, subtle performances of two works by its Founder Choreographer, Sir Frederick Ashton.
*****
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A long lost Ashton favourite returns

Vadim Muntagirov and Lauren Cuthbertson in The Two Pigeons © ROH | Bill Cooper
This Royal Ballet programme shows Sir Frederick Ashton's versatility of subject while never scrimping on unmistakeable style.
*****
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The music of Italian convents with Cappella Artemisia

Cappella Artemisia
The Italian vocal ensemble Cappella Artemisia, directed by mezzo-soprano Candace Smith, is a chamber group devoted to recovering the rich musical repertoire of the 16th- and 17th-century Italian convents.
***11
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Susan Graham and Renée Fleming stunning at Disney Hall

Susan Graham  © Dario Acosta; Renée Fleming © Jonathan Tichler
One would think that either Renée Fleming or Susan Graham alone would be reason enough to sell out a large venue such as Disney Hall. But everything is bigger in Hollywood, and the LA Phil brought both artists together for a one-night recital of French art song. But even that wasn’t enough.
*****
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