Barbier and Carré, the librettists of Faust and Mignon carried out an amazing feat by transforming the very complex works of Goethe into coherent and sensitive librettos full of freshness. Ambroise Thomas did the rest for Mignon : superb music, masterfully orchestrated, tinged with magnificent melodies admired by Georges Bizet and received triumphantly by the Parisian audience on its first performance at the Opéra Comique in 1866. As the heir to Gounod and director of the Conservatoire de Paris music academy from 1871, Thomas was clearly familiar with the sonorous enchantments of the “land where the lemon trees grow”, since he had lived in Rome in his youth and was a friend of Ingres. His music, sometimes accused of conventionalism, is always subtle. As Berlioz said, “It unveils grace, fire, intensity, zest, emotion and plenty of tact !”
Mignon : Stéphanie D’Oustrac Wilhelm : Meister Philippe Talbot Philine : Jodie Devos Orchestra and chorus from Opera Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Musical direction : Frederic Chaslin Stage direction : Vincent Boussard
Production compagny : Oxymore
Coproduction compagny : Opéra national de Wallonie Liège avec la participation de France Télévisions, Mezzo
Running Time : 140'
Production Year : 2022
Video Format : HD