December 2, 2000
La Mort de Virgile - The Death of Virgil
Composer:Thierry Lancino
Librettist:Marc Gautron
In our time or near future, the talent of a famous writer, Virgil, is exploited by the powerful Agosto, the very one who dispossessed him from his pure love, Vera. Heart broken, Virgil disappears. Agosto, unable to maintain his power without the support of the art of Virgil, sends Vera for him. She finds him sick, living among tramps under a bridge where a very different game is played. She convinces him to return. Discovering that Vera's motive is interest in power and not love, Virgil initially refuses to collaborate and demands that his manuscripts are destroyed. Finally, giving up his grip on life, he renounces, for his love of Vera, faithfulness to himself and accepts to participate for a last time to the absurd farce of power. This first step of progressive moral abandonment leads him to dissolve in the great light of death.

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Singers: 5 principal roles (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass); small choir (8 singers, SATB). Orchestra: 4 wood wind; 4 brass + tuba; 4 percussion (timpani, 2 harp); piano; strings (16-14-12-10-9)

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Matteo de Monti (baritone) as Virgil, Isabel Soccoja (soprano) as Véra, Robert Wörle (tenor) as Léo, Sylvie Sullé as Jane

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