Bérénice (Alberic Magnard) – dossier

Trágedie en musique, in 3 acts

Music & libretto: Albéric Magnard

First performed: Opéra-Comique (3e salle Favart), Paris, 15 December 1911, conducted by François Rühlmann

Décors: Lucien Jusseaume
Costumes: M. Multzer
Mise en scène: Albert Carré

My review


ROLES

  • BÉRÉNICE, Queen of Judaea (30 years old) (Grand Soprano): Marguerite Mérentié
  • LIA, her nurse (60 years old) (Alto): Marie Charbonnel
  • TITUS, Emperor of Rome (38 years old) (Baritone): Laurent Swolfs
  • MUCIEN, Prefect of the Praetorian Guard (70 years old) (Basse Chantante): Félix Vieuille
  • THE HEAD OF THE FLEET (Baritone): Louis Vaurs
  • AN OFFICER (Tenor): Georges de Poumayrac
  • A SLAVE (Bass): Paul Payan
  • CHORUS

SETTING

ACT I

The gardens of Berenice’s villa, on the outskirts of Rome

 

ACT II

Titus’s study, in the imperial palace, Rome

 

ACT III

Inside the royal tent, on Berenice’s trireme, in the harbour at Ostia


REVIEWS

Camille Bellaigue, Revue musicale, 31 December 1911 – Revue des Deux Mondes, 6e période, tome 7, 1912 (pp. 216-227)

We can only report today M. Albéric Magnard’s Bérénice.  But one day we will say what a thick and heavy music crushes the subject and the heroine of the tender elegy.