Philippe Boesmans (*1936) 

Stage Director : Luc Bondy
Sets : Richard Peduzzi
Libretto : Luc Bondy & Marie-Louise Bischofberger
Julie Malena Ernman
Jean Garry Magee
Kristin Kerstin Avemo
Chamber Orchestra of La Monnaie
Conductor : Kazushi Ono

BAC026 / Opera recorded at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2005

Julie is Philippe Boesmans’ fourth opera. In this return to the chamber opera model, the composer has concentrated on the alchemy of the human relationships that lead the heroine of Strindberg’s drama to take her own life. Three voices, a chamber orchestra, a single setting and a single night: thus do we become witnesses to the fate of this moving young woman. Composer in residence at the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie for almost the last twenty years, Philippe Boesmans, born in Belgium in 1936, is unarguably one of the major figures on the musical landscape of our time. Julie is an intimate work, a one-act chamber opera based on Swedish dramatist August Strindberg’s Mademoiselle Julie, written in 1888. Boesmans’ score is highly personal. The writing – at once dense and precise, rich and colourful, delicate and graphic – is further evidence that opera is his native element. The stage lineup is more than impressive, with British singer Garry Magee a powerful, feet-on-the-ground Jean. Malena Ernman is the ideal Julie, beginning in an initial position of dominance then drawing us with her in her downward spiral. The trio is marvellously rounded off by the limpidly fresh voice of young Swedish singer Kerstin Avemo. The La Monnaie Chamber Orchestra is dauntingly precise, giving superb expression to the work’s accessibility and attention to detail. And once again Japanese Kazushi Ono offers proof of his prowess as a great lyric conductor.

  • Director: Vincent Bataillon
  • Length: 73 min - Image: 16/9 NTSC
  • Audio: PCM Stereo / Dolby digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: French / English / German / Spanish
  • Zones: All Zones - 1 disc(s) - Release date:
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