Paris a nous deux!
Teatros del Canal de Madrid
March 7, 2010
Alfredo García, Le Cicerone, baritone
Eduardo Santamaría, L’Arriviste, tenor
Celia Alcedo, soprano
Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid
Joan Cabero, conductor
About “París a nous deux” by Jean Françaix
Also subtitled as “Le Nouveau Rastignac with libretto by Frances Roche and Jean Françaix, its premiere was on August 7, 1954 at the Théâtre Municipal in Fontainebleau and was commissioned by the composer Nadia Boulanguer for the Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau.
Its argument, full of irony, reflects on the momentum that the character of humble Rastignac has to achieve at all costs a place in the upper echelons of Paris surrounded by the snobbery and the triviality and in whose waters untalented artists and impostors of the intelligentsia with a tremendous ability to seduce the “most important rooms of Paris” usually swim.
Based on a character who first appeared on the novel by H. Balzac’s “Pere Goriot” Françaix expresses the look of the musician who is able to see his job and discover in it the imposture that often cling those who have nothing to say with their art.
Notes: Alfredo García
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