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Vincenette a votre age

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Charles Gounod




Mireille Synopsis


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Vincent / Mireille


Tenor / Soprano



Previous scene: Mon coeur est plein d'un noir souci
Next scene: O légère hirondella

Charles Gounod – MIREILLE – ‘Vincenette a votre âge’ (Andrée Esposito, Alain Vanzo)

Singer(s): Alain Vanzo Andrée Esposito

Opéra-comique en 5 actes & 7 tableaux
Composer: Charles Gounod (1818–1893)
Libretto: Michel Carré, after Frédéric Mistral’s poem ‘Mirèio’ (1859)
First performance: Théâtre Lyrique, Paris, 19 March 1864
Revised version : Opéra-Comique (2e salle Favart), 10 November 1874, in 3 acts, with a tragic ending

SETTING: Arles and surroundings (Provence), mid-19th century

PLOT: Mireille is a young and beautiful Arlesian girl. Ourrias, a rich cowherd, asks for and receives her father Ramon’s permission to marry her. Mireille loves the poor basket-maker Vincent, and refuses Ourrias, despite her father’s threats. Ourrias attacks Vincent in the val d’Enfer, and leaves him dying. The old witch Taven brings him back to life. Ourrias, filled with remorse, sees the spectres of drowned girls arising from Rhône, and, trying to cross in a boat, is swept away by the currents. Mireille does not know what happened to Vincent; his sister Vincenette tells her what happened. Mireille and Vincent have a pact to meet at the church of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in case something should happen to either. Mireille crosses the barren plain of the Crau under a burning sun. She arrives at the church, but, suffering from a violent fever, dies in Vincent’s arms.

‘Mireille’ is Gounod’s third most popular opera, after ‘Faust’ (1859) [
No. 3 – Duo: ‘Vincenette a votre âge’
Vincent tells Mireille that she is more beautiful than his sister.

Vincent (tenor): Alain Vanzo
Mireille (soprano): Andrée Esposito

Conductor: Jules Gressier
Orchestre Radio-Lyrique et Chœurs de la RTF
Paris, 1959

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