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Ravel's two one-act operas will reunite director Laurent Pelly and conductor Kazushi Ono, who made their Glyndebourne debuts in 2008 with Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel. While L'enfant et les sortilege's shares with that opera a child's-eye view of a sometimes threatening world, L'heure espagnole is a thoroughly adult confection. The play on which Ravel based his opera espagnole is a clever conceit set in the house of a clockmaker. It compares the wound-up mechanism of a clock with the erotic compulsions driving flesh-and-blood humans. Concepci?n devises a complex sequence of moves and counter-moves to conceal the presence of her various admirers. While directing these activities she becomes increasingly impressed by the physical attributes of her unwitting accomplice, Ramiro. Stephanie d'Oustrac, who last sang at Glyndebourne as Sesto in Giulio Cesare, will sing Concepci?n, while Canadian baritone Elliot Madore will make his UK and Glyndebourne debut as Ramiro. In L'enfant et les sortileges, inanimate objects come to life when a child, fed up with doing his homework, throws a temper tantrum. All the things that have been damaged by him start to voice their objections: a broken cup and teapot, a shepherd and shepherdess from the wallpaper he ripped, a battered armchair and the princess from the torn pages of a story book. When the sums from his homework and the animals and plants in the garden turn on the child as well, Ravel's music reaches a fierce climax. Only the child's kindness to an injured squirrel saves him and brings the opera to a touchingly poignant conclusion.

Performers Elliot Madore (Ramiro - L'heure espagnole), Francois Piolino (Torquemada - L'heure espagnole), Stephanie d'Oustrac (Concepcion - L'heure espagnole), Alek Shrader (Gonzalve - L'heure espagnole), Paul Gay (Don Inigo Gomez - L'heure espagnole), Khatouna Gadelia (Le'enfant et les sortileges), Elodie Mechain (Le'enfant et les sortileges), Elliot Madore (Le'enfant et les sortileges), Paul Gay (Le'enfant et les sortileges), Julie Pasturaud (Le'enfant et les sortileges), Hila Fahima (Le'enfant et les sortileges), Francois Piolino (Le'enfant et les sortileges), Kathleen Kim (Le'enfant et les sortileges), Stephanie d'Oustrac (Le'enfant et les sortileges).
Music Ravel. Producer Glynebourne Opera. Company London Philharmonic Orchestra. Company Glyndebourne Chorus. Conductor Kazushi Ono. Director Laurent Pelly. Design Caroline Ginet (L'heure espagnole). Design Florence Evrard (L'heure espagnole). Design Barbara De Limburg (L'enfant et les sortileges). Costume Laurent Pelly. Lighting Joel Adam.

L'Espagnole and L'enfant et les Sortileges

L'Espagnole and L'enfant et les Sortileges (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T1537421795. Details of all L'Espagnole and L'enfant et les Sortileges archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S197310634

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