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Philip Glass

Publisher: Chester Music

La Belle et la Bête (1994)
Work Notes
Opera based on the screenplay by Jean Cocteau. Libretto (French) by the composer.
Text Writer
the composer
Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Operetta / Musical
Year Composed
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Czech, French, German
2 Baritones, 2 Mezzo Sopranos, Soprano
Solo Instrument(s)
2 Bass Baritones
Programme Note
Philip Glass La Belle et la Bête (1994)
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.

  • Ensemble
    Philip Glass Ensemble
    Michael Riesman
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