CD – This album is without a doubt one that we’ll remember from 2017… and keep in 2018, notably to celebrate a Debussy year. In Mirage (Erato), the French soprano Sabine Devieilhe and the orchestra Les Siècles, conducted by François-Xavier Roth, pay hommage to the turn of the 20th century.
For her third album, Mirage (Erato), the French soprano Sabine Devieilhe has called upon the orchestra Les Siècles and its conductor François-Xavier Roth. In 2014, the maestro chose the young singer for the title role in Lakmé, the opera by Léo Delibes, at the Opéra Comique. The production was a resounding success, unveiling a new star of classical voice in France. In Mirages, Sabine Devieilhe revisits two of the famous pieces of Lakmé, the Flower Duet and the Bell Song. Les Siècles accompanies these and a number of arias and mélodies by Claude Debussy, André Messager, Ambroise Thomas, Jules Massenet, and others.
A beautiful voice, profound musicality and precise craftsmanship: Sabine Devieilhe has all the skills to turn a demanding repertoire into an enticing album. She captivates with her charms, transporting us to the ethereal lands evoked in music such as the Mélisande’s bewitching aria “Mes longs cheveux descendent” by Debussy. These worlds are also full of exoticism, as Belle époque France was particularly partial to travels, spices and adventures. The resulting operatic renditions of the time certainly often veer into cliché, but the music, for its part, remains sublime.