AMBROISE THOMAS (1811-1896): La Cour de Célimène.
Catalogue Number: 07K041
Label: Opera Rara
Description: Given that there isn't even a single studio recording of Thomas' most famous opera, Mignon, available (and only a DVD of Hamlet), it's certainly marvellous for collectors that Opera Rara has turned its lavish attention to him. Based on the flirtatious heroine of Molière\'s Le Misanthrope, this 1855 opéra-comique is a delightful soufflé, piquantly orchestrated and brimming with Gallic charm and chic. 2 CDs. French-English libretto (in the usual 154-page booklet full of color photos of the singers and rehearsals/recording sessions). Laura Claycomb, Joan Rodgers (sopranos), Alastair Miles (bass), Sébastien Droy (tenor), Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra; Andrew Litton.