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Massenet
Esclarmonde

Parisian audiences in 1889 were thrilled by Massenet’s wizardry in telling the story of Esclarmonde, the princess of Byzantium with magical powers, and her love for the heroic knight Roland. But the title role was so difficult that the opera languished for decades, until Joan Sutherland, with her dazzling ability to sing the most fearsome embellishments, brought this jewel of an opera to life for modern audiences.

Performance Info

Performance Date
Dec 11, 1976
Composer
Jules Massenet
Librettist
Alfred Blau and Louis de Gramont
Run Time
2 HRS 28 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Richard Bonynge
Esclarmonde
Joan Sutherland
Parséïs
Huguette Tourangeau
Roland
Giacomo Aragall
Phorcas
Clifford Grant
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