• Philip Glass
  • La Belle et la BĂȘte (1994)
    (La Belle at la Bete)

  • Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc (World)

Opera based on the screenplay by Jean Cocteau.
Libretto (French) by the composer.

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  • 1 hr 30 min
  • the composer
  • Czech, French, German
    • 17th June 2024, Barbican concert hall, London, United Kingdom
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Programme Note

Beauty - mezzo-soprano
The Beast, the Port Official, Avenant, Ardent - baritone
The Father, the Usurer - baritone
Felice - soprano
Adelaide - soprano
Ludovic - baritone

A subtle reflection on the life of an artist, Philip Glass' second opera based on works by Cocteau, in its original version performed in conjunction with the projected film (with the original soundtrack eliminated entirely).

Presented as a simple fairy tale, it soon becomes clear that the story has taken on a broader and deeper subject - the very nature of the creative process. Through an extraordinary alchemy of the spirit, the ordinary world is transformed into a world of magic. The power of the creative and the raw world of nature, represented respectively by Beauty and the Beast, finally emerges and allows the world of imagination to take flight.