Le Dernier Sorcier
Pauline Viardot

Le Dernier Sorcier

Eric Owens

Label: Bridge
Format: CD
Barcode: 0090404951527
Catalog number: BRIDG 9515
Releasedate: 04-10-19
- World premiere recording
- Woman composer
- English and French 
150 years after its composition, a lost opera is recovered and a vanished voice restored. A recently rediscovered treasure by one of the most compelling artists of the nineteenth century, Le dernier sorcier (The Last Sorcerer) resonates with themes of power and progress, gender and equality, and the restoration of natural order in an ever-changing world - a feminist eco-fable in operatic form. The work is a chamber opera in two acts written by Pauline Viardot on a French libretto by Ivan Turgenev. The plot centers on Krakamiche, a once-powerful sorcerer whose presence in the great woods has upset the fairies, the forest’s rightful inhabitants, and disturbed the harmony of the land. Through the combined efforts of the fairies and their queen, the sorcerer's daughter and her prince, and a hapless valet, Krakamiche ultimately learns key truths about humility, love, and living in harmony with the natural world. World premiere recording featuring Bass-Baritone Eric Owens, Mezzo-Soprano Jamie Barton, Soprano Camille Zamora, Mezzo-Soprano Adriana Zabala, Tenor Michael Slattery, Soprano Sarah Brailey, Manhattan Girls Chorus (Michelle Oesterle, Founder & Artistic Director), Pianists Myra Huang and Liana Pailodze Harron, and Narrator Trudie Styler.

Bass-baritone Eric Owens has a unique reputation as an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music. Equally at home in orchestral, recital, and operatic repertoire, Mr. Owens brings his powerful poise, expansive voice, and instinctive acting faculties to stages around the world.

In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Owens returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago to make his role debut as the Wanderer in David Poutney’s new production of Wagner’s Siegfried. He also stars as Porgy in James Robinson’s new production of Porgy and Bess at the Dutch National Opera and makes his role debut as Hagen in Götterdämmerung at the Metropolitan Opera conducted by Philippe Jordan. Concert appearances include the world premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the people at the New York Philharmonic conducted by Jaap van Zweden, the King in Aïda at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti, Verdi’s Requiem with the Minnesota Orchestra, and Mozart’s Requiem with Music of the Baroque. Mr. Owens will also go on a multi-city recital tour with tenor Lawrence Brownlee