Saint-Saëns: Le Timbre d’argent ***
Opéra Comique, Paris, 9th June 2017
Asked to name an opera by Camille Saint-Saëns, the chances are that Samson et Dalila is the first answer to trip from your tongue. Now name a second! In recent years Palazzetto Bru Zane has continued its quest to come to your aid, resurrecting Les Barbares and Proserpine. Now, spurred on by the zealous advocacy of conductor François-Xavier Roth and co-produced with the Opéra Comique, it has turned to Saint-Saëns’ very first opera, Le Timbre d’argent. Given a full production at Paris’ exquisite Opéra Comique, directed by Guillaume Vincent, this was the perfect opportunity to assess the work’s qualities.
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