Additional music by Arensky, Coleman, Édouard Lalo, Massenet, Sibelius
Recorded live at Théâtre National du Capitole, May 2013
Maria Gutierrez (The Slave-girl), Davit Galstyan (The Corsair), Takafumi Watanabe (The Sultan), Juliette Thélin (The Sultan’s Favourite Concubine), Demian Vargas (The Corsair’s Companion), Juliana Bastos, Julie Loria (Two Slaves), Henrik Victorin (The Wealthy Slave-trader) & Cédric Pons, Joël Sitbon (Two Guards)
Ballet du Capitole & Orchestre National du Capitole
Choreography Kader Belargi
Musical Director David Coleman
Hailed by Le Figaro as ‘simply magnificent: a miracle in two acts’, Kader Belarbi’s new production of Le Corsaire is a bold reinvention of a 19th-century classic. Belarbi’s fresh scenario and choreography give this colourful yet ultimately tragic story of the corsair (Davit Galstyan) and the beautiful slave-girl who captures his heart (Maria Gutierrez) renewed clarity and simplicity. David Coleman conducts a score based on Adolphe Adam’s original work, but enhanced with music by composers from Massenet to Sibelius, as well as new compositions and orchestrations by Coleman himself. The score is the result of close collaboration between Belarbi and Coleman, and its strong and coherent musical framework brings Belarbi’s staging to life. This is a version of Le Corsaire for the modern age, giving the work – in Belarbi’s words – ‘resonance and meaning today’.