Triumph in Geneva

The Grand Théâtre de Genève had a great success when presenting the rarely performed opéra-comique Le médecin malgré lui by Charles Gounod in Laurent Pelly’s staging and under Sébastien Rouland’s congenial musical direction. The outcome was a triumph for the entire production as well as for Sébastien Rouland. Here some reviews regarding Sébastien Rouland:

„Clever man Gounod who managed to write the most sparkling of his opéra-comiques in short time. Clever man Sébastien Rouland too who utterly managed to cope with this small masterpiece .“ (Forumopera.com, 5.04.16)

„As from the vivid overture, one hears an exciting Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under the fiery baton of Sébastien Rouland.“ (Bachtrack, 6.04.16)

„The conductor Sébastien Rouland provides freshness and dynamic to this production that will remain a landmark“. (ConcertoNet.com, 5.04.16)

„Conductor and orchestra are playing out the typical elements of the genre with brio and delight.“ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 6.04.16)

„In the pit conductor Sébastien Rouland leads the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande with commitment and accuracy“. (Tribune de Genève, 6.04.16)

„Under the lively baton of the young and talented Sébastien Rouland, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande succeeds to render all the verve and spontaneity of Gounod’s work which is not the smallest among the many delights of this evening“. (opera-online.com, 10.04.16)

„The Geneva production reasserts the qualities of the work exemplarily. Staging and musical direction merge playful ease with witty accuracy. Sébastien Rouland and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande are lively and brilliant. One gets the feeling that the orchestra never stops rushing and even busting the characters“.  (operalounge.de, 8.04.16) 

For those who had no chance to attend a performance in Geneva, a video-recording is currently available on Culturebox (link).

09.05.16