DANIEL-FRANÇOIS-ESPRIT AUBER (1782-1871): La Sirène, AWV 37.
Catalogue Number: 05U032
Description: Auber earned international fame in the late 1820s for his revolutionary grand opera La Muette de Portici and by the time he composed La Sirène in 1844, the success of which inspired potpourris of its melodies, he occupied a central place in French musical life. The mysterious Siren of the title is part of a plot that abounds in fantastic comedy, love, betrayal, farce, and festivity in the lineage of Italian popular theatre. French libretto available online. Jeanne Crousaud, Dorothée Lorthiois (sopranos), Xavier Flabat, Jean-Noël Teyssier (tenors), Les Métaboles, Orchestre des Frivolités Parisiennes; David Reiland.