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An Opera in two acts by Berlioz; text by the composer, after Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing
. Messina, 1700. While the Hero looks forward to seeing her love Claudio on his return from the wars, his friend Benedict is greeted more sardonically by Beatrice. Gradually the love beneath their banter is disclosed, and they agree to marry, as do Hero and Claudio.Performers Stephanie d'Oustrac (Beatrice), Paul Appleby (Benedict), Helene Guilmette (Hero), Frederic Caton (Don Pedro), Philippe Sly (Claudio), Lionel Lhote (Somarone), Katarina Bradic (Ursule).
Music Berlioz. Producer Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Director Laurent Pelly. Conductor Robin Ticciati. Company London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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