Laurent Petitgirard’s Guru wins Choc de Classica September Award
August 1, 2011
Naxos is pleased to announce that Laurent Petitgirard’s new opera, Guru, is the recipient of Classica Magazine’s esteemed Choc de Classica award for September 2011. A two-hour, three-act opera, Guru [Naxos CD 8.660300–01] depicts the protagonist’s descent into madness, his powers as the leader of a secluded island sect consuming him. Recorded for Naxos in October 2010 in Budapest, and with a libretto written in collaboration with Xavier Maurel, this is Petitgirard’s first opera since the acclaimed Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man [Naxos CD 8.557608–09 / Marco Polo DVD 2.220001]. This is but the latest accolade for Petitgirard, a Commandeur des Arts et Lettres, having been elected a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in December 2000, and recently elected Chairman of the Board of SACEM (French Authors, Composers and Publishers Society).
Below is a behind-the-scenes look at Guru during its recording, featuring interviews with Petitgirard and performers.
An extended version of the behind-the-scenes footage is also available on YouTube: Part I & Part II.