Reynaldo Hahn: L’île du rêve
A Polynesian idyll in three acts (concertante performance)
“L’île du rêve”, the Island of Dreams: That is Tahiti – and also the setting for Reynaldo Hahn’s opera, which was first performed in 1898. Only the here and now counts in this place of longing. For the star-crossed love between the European officer Loti and the native Mahénu has no future. An exotic paradise is expressed in the most subtle tonal colours. This is French fin de siècle in its purest form!
Since 2015, the Munich Radio Orchestra has collaborated with Palazzetto Bru Zane, the centre for French Romantic music. In this way, some unjustly forgotten works have been rediscovered. Great emphasis is placed on soloists who have the right vocal profile for this repertoire. The same applies to the singers of the chorus of “Le Concert Spirituel”, which was founded by the French conductor and cembalo player Hervé Niquet.
Hélène Guilmette, soprano – Mahénu
Ludivine Gombert, soprano – Téria and Faïmana
Anaïk Morel, mezzo-soprano – Oréna
Cyrille Dubois, tenor – Loti
Artavazd Sargsyan, tenor – Tsen Lee
Thomas Dolié, baritone – Taïrapa, Henri and another officer
Chorus of „Le Concert Spirituel“
Munich Radio Orchestra
Hervé Niquet, director
In cooperation with Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française