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Jean Lacroix
Crescendo (France), September 2020

ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (NTSC) 2.110662
ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD)
NBD0112V

Jubilant! No matter how hard we look for another word to define these two good hours of musical pleasure, it’s always the same one that we come back to. Jubilant, yes, really! In our society in the midst of health, economic and cultural difficulties, here’s an irresistible way to put aside all gloomy ideas and plunge into visual and vocal joy. © 2020 Crescendo (France)




George Hall
BBC Music Magazine, September 2020

ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (NTSC) 2.110662
ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD)
 NBD0112V

Adam’s neat, charming writing is impeccable and one recognises the sinuous melodic lines of the composer of Giselle. This witty and visually-ingenious 2019 production by Michel Fau (costumes by Christian Lacroix, no less) was the first at its point of origin in 115 years. Dialogue is vital and convincing.

Michael Spyres possesses exactly the supple, agile voice required for the title role, revelling in the role’s delicious top notes. As his wife Madeleine, Florie Valiquette offers character in abundance and a technical fluency equivalent to her tenor partner.

Franck Leguérinel makes a grandly over-the-top Marquis de Corcy while director (and French comic star) Fau enjoys himself in the drag role of Madeleine’s confidante, Rose. Conductor Sébastien Rouland supplies the lightest of touches, while the chorus and orchestra are excellent. © 2020 BBC Music Magazine Read complete review




Michel Parouty
Opéra (France), September 2020

ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (NTSC) 2.110662
ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD)
NBD0112V

How lovely, this Postillon! All of them brings the art of entertainment to its highest degree. © 2020 Opéra (France)



Mark Pullinger
Gramophone, September 2020

ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (NTSC) 2.110662
ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD)
 NBD0112V

With his wide range from baritone to high tenor, Michael Spyres is perfectly cast in the title-role. He sings Chapelou’s ‘Mes amis, écoutez l’histoire’ – the show’s best known aria, recorded by Nicolai Gedda and Juan Diego Flórez – with his customary panache, playing up the character’s vanity. Florie Valiquette is splendid as Madeleine, with all the stratospheric notes for Mme de Latour’s ‘Il faut que je punisse un ingrat’, and she plays the vengeful spouse with vigour. 

Sébastien Rouland keeps the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen Normandie bubbling along sweetly and everyone looks like they’re having good fun, as should receptive audiences of this slice of French operatic farce. © 2020 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Christie Grimstad
ConcertoNet.com, August 2020

ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (NTSC) 2.110662
ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0112V

Florie Valinquette’s quick tongue gives Madeleine some feisty bites as she exacts retribution on Chapelou while disguised as Madame de Latour… her craft is phenomenal, and the acting is sharp, plus her soprano timbre slips into Adam's notes like a velvet glove.

Adolphe Adam’s operas are an infrequent event; therefore, the visit inside François Roussillon’s video capture after ConcertoNet reviewed the live production back in 2019, makes Le Postillon de Lonjumeau a virtual winner on every front. Here we find early 19th century comic French opera in the grandest of proportions. Whimsical fun. Strongly recommended! © 2020 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, July 2020

ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (NTSC) 2.110662
ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0112V

Michel Fau stages the opera excitingly in the coloured and wonderfully kitschy set of Emmanuel Charles and the opulent costumes of Christian Lacroix. Fau creates a fascinatingly comical production which makes the opera a ravishingly enchanting experience, all the more so because the soloists are also outstanding. 

From baritonal depth to tenoral height he sings the role of Chapelou/Saint-Phar brilliantly and gives the character a strong charisma. The soprano Florie Valiquette is vocally just as good and dramatically delightful. The supporting roles are without exception satisfactorily cast, and the orchestra of the Rouen Opera and the Chœur Accentus under the direction of Sébastien Rouland offer fine performances. © 2020 Pizzicato Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2020

ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (NTSC) 2.110662
ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0112V

Adolphe Adam composed prolifically for the French stage, especially in the sphere of opera-comique, of which thirty-six are listed, together with operas and operettas.

By far the most successful was Le postillon de Longjumeau, a parody on social manners and their position in operatic mannerisms. Premiered at the Paris Opera-Comique in 1836, it had received 569 performances at the theatre before it was taken out of their standard repertoire in 1894. To perform the work requires a rare tenor in the role of the Postillon who can hit top D’s. Now we have one with the American, Michael Spyres, who can not only do that, but at one point in this performance he does the improbable feat of hitting it twice in immediate succession! It is a fun opera in the tradition of Paris opera-comique, the absurd story of Chapelou, a postillion who lived in Longjumeau in France. He enjoys singing and is discovered there by the Marquis de Corcy, the head of the Paris Opera who has stopped off at the town’s inn. He is in desperate trouble with King Louis XV who is exceedingly unhappy with the standard of singing at the Opera, and sees in Chapelou an answer to his troubles. The problem is that Chapelou has just that day married Madeleine, the young innkeeper, but with Corcy offering him untold riches if he goes to Paris with him that day, he deserts his new bride. I am not going to spoil your fun discovering the outcome, but it is, of course a happy one. The production comes from Michel Fau who conveys us back to the 18th century, both in the outlandish sets and costumes, to recreate the work just as Adam would have imagined it. The ovation that greeted Spyres at the final curtain call was no more than he deserved, the remarkable thing was the fact he never looked or sounded stressed. In Florie Valiquette we have an admirable Madeleine with the good looks the role required, while her vocal acrobatics drew an equal audience admiration. The baritone, Franck Leguetrinel, as Corcy, does not have much to sing, but his acting is perfect for this arrogant Marquis. The remaining major role of Biju, Chapelou’s friend, is taken by Laurent Kubla’s warm bass-baritone; the chorus are outstanding; the orchestra from the Opera de Rouen Normandie are excellent, and the conductor, Sebastien Rouland, keeps the score bubbling along at the various levels of comedy. My review of this colourful Paris staging in April 2019, is captured live in Blu-ray, but it is also available in standard DVD on Naxos 2.110662. Please don’t miss this, the whole package with multilingual subtitles, is the most attractive comedy opera I have ever seen on video. © 2020 David’s Review Corner





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