Phryné by Camille Saint-Saëns
First world recording with recitatives composed by Messager in 1896

Comic opera, in two acts and verse

At Palazzetto Bru Zane Label
CD-Book, in collection "French Opera"

Recorded at Rouen Normandie Opera, from 31 March to 2 April 2021

Production Palazzetto Bru Zane
Sound Engineer : Jiri Heger

1 CD - 164 pages - Total playing time 64:30

Released on February 11, 2022


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Comic opera in two acts and in verse
with recitatives by André Messager
Durand Edition

Florie Valiquette
Cyrille Dubois
Thomas Dolié
Anaïs Constans
François Rougier
Patrick Bolleire

Rouen Normandie Opera Orchestra
Concert Spirituel Choir

Hervé Niquet direction

Palazetto Bru Zane

Phryné was one of the Saint-Saëns's most performed and esteemed operas until the First World War, even competing with Samson and Dalila. The score, completed in March 1893, was premiered at the Opera-Comique on 24 May of that year. 
It recounts the love affair between Nicias and Phryné, who dupes the old archon Dicéphile to avenge his cruelty. 

The immediate success of the work in Paris quickly spread throughout France. In order to promote it in opera houses abroad, Durand published it in June 1896, with recitatives composed by Messager. The Palazzetto Bru Zane now offers the chance to discover this extremely rare version.


This recording was awarded a Diapason d'Or, on Februray 2022.

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