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    Les Siècles

    From the Boléro to the swirling Heure espagnole, Les Siècles bring Ravel’s Spain back to life with the cream of French vocal talent.

    François-Xavier Roth
    François-Xavier Roth © Mark Allen

    François-Xavier Roth | direction
    Isabelle Druet | mezzo-soprano (Concepción, femme de Torquemada)
    Julien Behr | ténor (Gonzalve, bachelier poète)
    Loïc Félix | ténor (Torquemada, horloger)
    Thomas Dolié | baryton (Ramiro, muletier)
    Jean Teitgen | basse (Don Iñigo Gomez, riche financier)

    Ravel and Spain
    Ravel  Alborada del gracioso, Spanish Rhapsody, Boléro, L’Heure espagnole

    Maurice Ravel shared the craze for Spain which began in nineteenth-century Paris and fired the imagination of artists such as Edouard Manet and Hector Berlioz, creating a form of eastern enclave in the West. During this period Paris was the capital of the arts and a magnet for many foreigners, including a substantial Spanish colony comprising several painters. Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró rubbed shoulders with Isaac Albéniz and Manuel de Falla. De Falla was quickly admitted into Parisian musical circles where he made the acquaintance of Debussy, Ravel, and Dukas in particular. Ravel’s work was therefore steeped in the culture of this country, ranging from Spanish folklore to history, at the crossroads of this creative ferment and these influences.

    Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées | Les Siècles