Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Stage Direction :
Jérôme Deschamps & Macha Makeïeff
Bassa Selim S. Moshkin-Ghalam
Konstanze Malin Hartelius
Blondchen Magali Leger
Belmonte Matthias Klink
Pedrillo Loïc Félix
Osmin Wojtek Smilek
Les Musiciens du Louvre
Conductor : Marc Minkowski
“This opera is so beautiful and its ingredients so magnificent from the outset…Just let yourself be taken up, swept along, and moved.”
The Jérôme Deschamps/Macha Makeïeff duo has settled simply for being guided by Mozart’s music. And the result is exquisite, exhilarating, spellbinding. Humility seems to be the key to an exemplary approach as the two accomplices hold to the temper of Mozart’s singspiel without disavowing their own imaginative and poetic capacities.
In this Zadig-style philosophical tale, the true hero nonetheless turns out to be the pasha Selim, less a tyrant than an enlightened despot in Shahrokh Moshkin-Ghalam’s rendering. The dancer brings to his character a presence and flair that utterly justify the admiration and respect shown him by Constanze.
Matthias Klink performs in the tradition of a Peter Schreier: style, elegance and subtlety. Avoiding overkill, Wojtek Smilek provides a nuanced portrait of Osmin as a lover incapable of conveying his feelings.
As Pedrillo, Loïc Felix takes full advantage of his naturalness and powers of projection. Magali Léger’s ebulliently graceful Blondchen is a visual and vocal delight, with the singer using her sex appeal and rich timbre to charm both her audience and Osmin. Malin Hartelius offers a very touching Constanze, with a voice that as sonorous as it is sure.
Eight years after Salzburg, Marc Minkowski returns to Mozart’s opera with just as much aptness and spirit. The music flows beautifully and the singing has a rightness and fluency that give the performance a rhythm and tension all its own.