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Mondonville: Titon et l’Aurore / Opera Comique
Mondonville’s spectacular opéra-ballet Titon et l'Aurore, staged by the acclaimed puppeteer Basil Twist under the musical direction of William Christie.
2110693 / NBD0131V_Titon et l'Aurore_BD front cover © Audiovisual Division Naxos / © Stefan Brion
Titon et l'Aurore_Reinoud van Mechelen_Gwendoline Blondeel © Audiovisual Division Naxos / © Stefan Brion
Titon et l'Aurore_Emmanuelle de Negri © Audiovisual Division Naxos / © Stefan Brion
Pastorale héroïque in a prologue and three acts, Op. 7 (1753)
Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville was greatly admired in his day. His opera 'Titon et l’Aurore' was one of his most popular works, being held up as a triumph over the rival Italian style during the Parisian Querelle des Bouffons in the 1750s. The narrative of this spectacular opéra-ballet follows the tumultuous and seemingly unbreakable liaison between the goddess L’Aurore and her lover the shepherd Titon. Jealous gods and goddesses try to interfere through murderous intent and dramatic abduction, but true love ultimately conquers all in stage director Basil Twist’s acclaimed feast for the senses.
‘Marc Mauillon gives admirable breath control and projection, Gwendoline Blondeel vocalises with boundless skill. Reinoud van Mechelen plays Titon with seductive timbre’ (bachtrack.com).
Titon – Reinoud van Mechelen, tenor
L’aurore – Gwendoline Blondeel, soprano
Palès – Emmanuelle de Negri, soprano
Éole – Marc Mauillon, bass-baritone
Amour – Julie Roset, soprano
Prométhéé – Renato Dolcini, bass-baritone
Les Arts Florissants
Conductor – William Christie
Stage Director, Puppet Designer – Basil Twist
Video Designer – Daniel Brodie
Film Director – François Roussillon
Filmed on 18 and 19 January 2021 at the Opéra Comique, Paris, without an audience, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
[2110693 / NBD0131V]
Total time: 127 min.
Language: French · Subtitles: French, English, German, Japanese, Korean
DVD: NTSC 16:9 · PCM stereo and DTS 5.1 · DVD 9 · Region: 0
BD: HD 16:9 · PCM stereo and DTS HD MA 5.1 · BD 50 · Region: A, B, C
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