Bizet: Le Docteur Miracle
Marie-Benedicte Souquet (soprano), Pierre-Yves Pruvot (baritone), Isabelle Druet (mezzo-soprano), Jerome Billy (tenor)
Orchestre Lyrique de Region Avignon Provence, Samuel Jean
Bizet’s one act comic opera – and his first – brings us an old man and his wife (who intends burying him as she has buried her four previous husbands), a girl in love with an officer who appears successively as a valet, a cook, a quack doctor... All ends well, though only after a fake poisoning attempt with an omelette. The turning point and heart of this comedy is in fact the ‘omelette quartet’, its grandiloquence mimicking the grand opera of the day.
The Orchestre Lyrique de Region Avignon Provence has been much in the news during the last few years. Said to have been finished, it has made a point of proving it is still active, and in excellent shape under the baton of its now principal guest conductor Samuel Jean.