Orkester Nord’s recording of Grétry’s masterpiece Barbe Bleue is now out. Premiered just a few months before the French Revolution, and fallen into oblivion since, Raoul Barbe-bleue is an unclassifiable opéra comique. The work is a landmark work in the history of European opera. It was Wagner’s first experience of opera. Recorded in the beautiful theater in Trondheim (Norway) with a brilliant cast, under Martin Wahlberg’s direction, Raoul Barbe-bleue reveals a considerable richness that will certainly strike both the neophyte and the specialist.
Manuel Núñez Camelino
Enguerrand de Hys