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    Felix Mendelssohn 

    With his celebration of the destiny of prophet Elijah, Mendelssohn makes his own mark in the traditional oratorio genre with great verve.

    Masaaki Suzuki
    Masaaki Suzuki © Marco Borggreve

    Carolyn Sampson soprano (The Widow / Angel)
    Anna Stephany
    mezzo-soprano (The Queen / Angel)
    Robert Murray
     tenor (Obadiah / Ahab)
    Roderick Williams baritone (Elias) 
    Emma Walshe soprano (The Youth)

    Masaaki Suzuki direction
    Orchestra and Choir of the Age of Enlightenment 

    Sung in English with French subtitles

    Approximate running time
    1st part: 1h05 - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 1h05When he was composing Elias in 1846, Mendelssohn was one of the most prominent figures on the European musical scene. He was not only an exceptional pianist, organist and conductor, but also a dynamic artistic director and creator of institutions such as the Leipzig Conservatoire. Ten years earlier, he spearheaded the movement to revive Bach, giving the first “modern” performance of the St Matthew Passion in Berlin in 1836. He undoubtedly owes his taste for the oratorio genre and its mechanics to Bach and through it he expresses his true romantic sensibility tempered with the restraint of the classical style. Elias is cast in this mould. This lavish choral fresco, which has similarities with opera, is a key example of 19th century oratorio. Masaaki Suzuki, whose interpretation of Bach was widely acclaimed, is a natural heir to this legacy.

    Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées