Monday, July 18, 2016

Luigi Dallapiccola - Volo di Notte - Vol de Nuit

Isabelle Vernet, soprano (Madame Fabien)
Hélène Le Corre, soprano (Une voix intérieure)
François Le Roux, baryton (Rivière)
Jérôme Corréas, baryton-basse (Robineau)
Yann Beuron, ténor (Pellerin)
Guy Gabelle, ténor (radio operator)
Jean-Marc Salzmann, baryton (Leroux)
Daniel Durand, Pierre Vaello, Patrick Radelet,
Bernard Polisset, ténors, basses (four employees)

Choeur de Radio France
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France directed by Marek Janowski.

This week I find I'm in the mood to listen to works written in opposition to fascism.  Dallapiccola wrote the libretto based on the book Vol de Nuit by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. examining the violation of individual life and rights in favor of profit and industrial efficiency.  He managed to have it mounted in 1940 Fascist Italy, I wonder if a similar work composed in Trump America would be produced.  I doubt it would get on NPR or PBS, certainly not on the networks.

Here is a synopsis of the opera,  I can't find a translation in French or English from Dallapiccola's original Italian.  Here is an article about the opera and its composition.

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