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Home » French Composers » Grétry

André Ernest-Modeste Grétry (1741-1813)

Links

Brief Biography, List of Works & Bibliography by Jean-Marc Warszawski

Biography by J.-B. Rongé (1897)

Le Musée Grétry de Liège

Video - Le Petit Théâtre de Marie-Antoinette

Recordings

Grétry. La Caravane du Caïre ou L'Heureux Esclavage -- Opéra-ballet (1783). Ricercar RIC 345 (2 CDs, September 2014). Video. Guy Van Waas, Les Agrémens, Choeur de Chambre de Namur. Zélime: Katia Velletaz, soprano; Almaïde: Jennifer Borghi, soprano; Une Esclave italienne: Chantal Santon, soprano; Une Esclave française: Caroline Weynants, soprano; Une Esclave allemande: Julie Calbète, soprano; Tamorin: Reinoud van Mechelen, haute-contre; Saint-Phar: Cyrille Dubois, tenor; Florestan: Tassis Christoyannis, baritone; Le Pacha d'Egypte / Osman: Julien Véronèse, bass; Husca: Alain Buet, bass; Osmin: Philippe Favette, bass; Furville: Anicet Castel, bass. Includes a few variants not in the version recorded by Minkowski in 1991. This may be Grétry's greatest work. Eagerly anticipated. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry. Zémire et Azor (Opéra-comique 1771). Alpha (Forthcoming.) Details. Arnaud Marzorati & Jean-François Novelli, Ensemble Les Lunaisiens. Lisbé: soprano; Zémire: soprano; Fatmé: mezzo-soprano; Azor: tenor; Ali: Jean-François Novelli, tenor; Sander: Arnaud Marzorati, baritone.
André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry. Le Magnifique (Opéra-comique 1773). Naxos 8.660305 (1 CD, November 2012). Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette. Le Magnifique: Emiliano González Toro, tenor; Clémentine: Elizabeth Calleo, soprano; Alix: Marguerite Krull, soprano; Aldobrandin, Jeffrey Thompson, tenor; Fabio: Karim Sulayman, tenor; Laurence: Douglas Williams, tenor; Horace & Narrator: Randall Scarlata, tenor. Details. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry. L'Amant Jaloux ou Les Fausses Apparences (Opéra-comique 1778). Wahoo WAH 001 (1 DVD, October 2010). Video excerpt / Details. Jérémy Rhorer, musical director, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie. Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau, stage director. Léonore: Magali Léger, soprano; Isabelle: Claire Debono, soprano; Jacinte: Maryline Fallot, mezzo-soprano; Florival: Frédéric Antoun, tenor; Don Alonze: Brad Cooper, tenor; Don Lopez: Vincent Billier, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry. Céphale et Procris ou l'Amour conjugal (Ballet-héroique 1773). Ricercar RIC 302 (2 CDs, August 2010). Video broadcast on Arte TV. Guy Van Waas, Les Agrémens, Choeur de Chambre de Namur. L'Aurore: Bénédicte Tauran, soprano; Procris: Katia Vellétaz, soprano; Céphale: Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone; Palès & La Jalousie: Isabelle Cals, mezzo-soprano; Flore: Aurélie Franck, soprano; L'Amour: Caroline Weynants, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry. Andromaque (Tragédie lyrique. Paris 1780). Glossa GCD 921620 (2 CDs, April 2010.) Concert review / Details. Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel. Andromaque: Karine Deshayes, soprano; Hermione: Maria-Riccarda Wesseling, mezzo-soprano; Pyrrhus: Sébastien Guèze, tenor; Oreste: Tassis Christoyannis, baritone. Box set with French/English/German texts. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP  
French book with CDs. GES 921620-F (Details). UK | FR | DE
André Ernest-Modeste Grétry (1741-1813). La Caravane du Caïre & Le Jugement de Midas (excerpts). Ricercar RIC 268 (2 CDs, July 2008). Details. Reissue of Minkowski's superb 1991 recording of La Caravane du Caïre combined with Leonhardt's 1980 recording of excerpts from Le Jugement de Midas. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
André Ernest-Modeste Grétry (1741-1813), François-Joseph Gossec (1734-1829) & François Giroust (1738-1799). Grands Motets pour Louis XVI. K617 181 (1 CD, May 2006). Performance review. Jean-Claude Malgoire, Les Agrémens, Choeur de Chambre de Namur. Kareen Durand, soprano; Cyril Auvity, haute-contre; James Oxley, tenor; Alain Buet, bass. Grétry: Confitebor (1767); Gossec: Terribilis est locus iste (1777); Giroust: Benedic anima mea. DE | FR
Grétry. Airs et Ballets. Ricercar RIC 234 (1 CD 2004). Sophie Karthäuser, soprano. Guy Van Waas, Les Agrémens. Arias from Cephale et Procris, Les Deux Avares, Anacreon chez Polycrate, & La Caravane du Caïre. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Grétry. La Caravane du Caïre ou L'Heureux Esclavage -- Opéra-ballet (1783). Ricercar (Musique en Wallonie) RIC 100084/85 (2 CDs 1991). Marc Minkowski, Ricercar Academy, Choeur de Chambre de Namur. Le Pacha: Jules Bastin, bass; Tamorin: Gilles Ragon, haute-contre; Florestan: Philippe Huttenlocher, baritone; Saint-Phar: Guy De Mey, tenor; Husca: Vincent Le Texier, bass; Zélime: Isabelle Poulenard, soprano; Almaïde: Greta de Reyghere, soprano; Une esclave italienne: Catherine Napoli, soprano; Une esclave française: Marie-Noëlle De Callataÿ, soprano; Une esclave allemande: Els Crommen, soprano; Coryphées: Els Crommen & Marie-Paule Fayt, sopranos; Osmin: John Dur, bass; Furville: Claude Massoz, bass. Outstanding recitative opera, performance, and live recording. The first recording of a Grétry opera at historic pitch, a=392. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Grétry & Jean-Nicolas Bouilly. La jeunesse de Pierre le Grand (musical excerpts from Bouilly's Comédie mêlée de chants, 1790). Cascavelle VEL 3062 (1 CD 2002). Review. Olivier Opdebeeck, Orchestre de chambre Olivier Opdebeeck, Choeur de Chambre de Namur, J.-M. Marchal, director. Le Commissaire du Peuple: François Feroleto; Pierre Le Grand: Christophe Einhorn; Lefort: Philippe Le Chevalier; Catherine: Anne-Sophie Schmidt; Georges: Erik Freulon; Alexis: Frédéric Mazzotta; Caroline: Celine Victores-Benavente; Geneviève: Valérie Suty; Menchikov: Laurent Malraux; Le Notaire: Philippe Durot; Maturin: Joël Thalmann. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Grétry traversant l'Achéron. Overtures and arias by Grétry transcribed by Dussek, Mozart, Armand-Louis Couperin, Boëly, Godefroid, Gaubert & Franck. Cyprès (Musique en Wallonie) CYP3618 (1 CD 2000). Guy Penson, harpsichord, pianoforte, piano; Sylvia Bernier, piano; Dirk Vandaele, violin; Frédéric Dussenne, reciter. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Gretry. Le Jugement de Midas (excerpts) (1778). Ricercar RIC 063033 (1 CD 1989, recorded 1980). Reissued on RIC 232772. Gustav Leonhardt, La Petite Bande. Choeur de la Chapelle Royale de Paris, director: Philippe Herreweghe. Apollon & Marsias: John Elwes, tenor; Chloé: Mieke van der Sluis, soprano; Lise: Françoise Vanhecke, soprano; Mopsa: Suzanne Gari, soprano; Palémon: Jules Bastin, bass; Pan: Michel Verschaeve, bass. UK | DE | FR

Books

Jean Duron (ed.) L'Amant Jaloux d'André Ernest Modeste Grétry et Thomas D'Hèle. 280 pages. Editions Mardaga, April 2010. UK | FR | CA
Ronald Lessens. Grétry ou Le triomphe de l'Opéra-Comique (1741-1813). 268 pages. L'Harmattan (July 2007). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
David Charlton. Grétry and the Growth of Opéra-Comique. 371 pages. Cambridge University Press, 1986. Includes detailed chapters on 24 opéra-comiques by Grétry. The best source I have found for learning about Grétry and his operas for the Comédie-Italienne after its merger with the Opéra-Comique. The stage works performed were not necessarily comic. They were distinguished from the operas performed at the Paris Opera by the anti-competitive terms of the Opéra-Comique's license, which prohibited sung recitative, ensembles, and the Italian language. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Paperback reprint (2011). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
David Charlton & Mark Ledbury (eds.) Michel-Jean Sedaine (1719-1797): Theatre, Opera and Art. 256 pages. Ashgate, 2000. US | UK | FR | CA
David Charlton. French Opera 1730-1830: Meaning and Media. 416 pages. Ashgate, 2000. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Malcolm Boyd (ed.) Music and the French Revolution. 328 pages. Cambridge University Press, 1992. US | DE | FR | CA
Philippe Vendrix (ed.) Grétry et l'Europe de l'Opéra-comique. 388 pages. Mardaga (Liège) 1992. FR
Roland Mortier & Hervé Hasquin (eds.) Fêtes et Musiques Révolutionnaires: Grétry et Gossec. 213 pages. Etudes sur le XVIIIe Siécle, volume XVII. Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2000. FR
David Charlton & Nicole Wild.  Répertoire Musical du Théâtre de l'Opéra-Comique, Paris (1762-1791). Royal Holloway Opéra-Comique Database Project. Pierre Mardaga (Sprimont, Belgium). September 2005. FR
David Charlton. French Opera under the Revolution. Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming. US

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