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Work: Béatrice et Bénédict

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ComposerBerlioz, Hector (1803-1869)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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CologneBéatrice et BénédictNew production

Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict
François-Xavier Roth; Jean Renshaw; Oper Köln; Christof Cremer; Isabelle Druet; Bernard Richter
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Pelly serves up a grey Béatrice et Bénédict

Paul Appleby (Bénédict) and Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Béatrice) © Richard Hubert Smith
Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict is light and fluffy, making it perfect summer festival fare. Sadly, like a soggy soufflé, Pelly's one-trick staging soon falls flat.
***11
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Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict at the Theater an der Wien

Béatrice et Bénédict is Hector Berlioz’s last work; he wrote it between 1860 and 1862 for the theatre that patron Edouard Bénazet had built in Baden-Baden, then Germany’s most chic health resort.
***11
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A very Gallic bel canto: Béatrice et Bénédict at Royal Academy Opera

When you go to a student opera production, even at an institution as prestigious as the Royal Academy of Music, you don't expect to see one of the opera world's conducting legends in the pit. But that's precisely what we had at last night's performance of Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict, in the shape of Sir Colin Davis (CH, CBE), a man with several thousand opera performances on the clock.
****1
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Béatrice et Bénédict is a charmingly complicated relationship in Boston

Opera Boston, whose mantra is “Only innovative repertory. Only original productions” has created a new production of Berlioz' Béatrice et Bénédict for Boston. Seductively charming, the production's depth and complexity become apparent with time and acquaintance – just like any worthwhile relationship.This little-seen opera is sung in French, with spoken dialogue.

Béatrice et Bénédict au Capitole

Lauren Snouffer (Héro) Pierre Barrat (Leonato) et Aimery Lefèvre (Claudio) © Patrice Nin
Hector Berlioz reprenant Shakespeare, Richard Brunel et Catherine Ailloud-Nicolas Hector reprenant Berlioz. La production choisit de revenir dans les dialogues parlés au plus près de l’oeuvre originale.
***11
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