Paris Opéra chorus takes Marsellaise one stave higher

Paris Opéra chorus takes Marsellaise one stave higher


norman lebrecht

November 19, 2015

Just uploaded. Watch it to the end.
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  • Emil says:

    As in the standard arrangement by Berlioz. Done by Alagna here:, Domingo here:, Sylvia McNair and Richard Leech here:, by choirs of Radio France here:, etc.

  • LP says:

    This sounds somewhat inspired by the Berlioz version.

  • 110 says:

    Was Alagna in the middle of the first row?
    Was a little bit embarrassing to look at the lady beside him that had to read probably the words of La Marseillaise.An anthem you know by heart and sing it with all your heart .

  • James Alexander says:

    @110 sorry YOU were embarrassed (and judgemental) by and of someone who chose to have printed words whilst singing. The fact is she sang and supported her colleagues and paid respect. I don’t know this woman but perhaps she’s not a French citizen?
    Less judgements please.

  • Lori says:

    The lady in the centre using the words is the production’s Adina. As she is the Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak there is no reason that she should know the words of ‘La Marseilleise’ any more than she would know ‘God save the Queen’ or the ‘Star-spangled Banner’.
    As James Alexander says, the fact that she sang is more important than that she used the words.

  • 110 says:

    She is the polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak,the new wife of Roberto Alagna,you are right,that explains why she needed the text ,she is not French.
    Thank you all