Béatrice et Bénédict by Hector Berlioz at the Opéra-Comique

Renaissance Italy, the grand shores of Sicily, the winds from the sea and war epics, the battles of wits in courts where lords and artists develop a common way of life: romantic reverie during the first centuries of modern history gave numerous masterpieces to the plastic arts and opera. For an idealist coupled with a lover of Italy such as Berlioz, Shakespeare's comedy depicts a long-entertained subject. With this return to sources, Berlioz created a work that reflected him (caustic and tender, sublime and grotesque, sensitive and powerfully lyrical) and one of the most beautiful compositions of the genre.


  • Giovanni Calò
  • David Lefort (Tenor) : Le Messager
  • Bob Goody
  • Emmanuel Krivine
  • La Chambre Philharmonique
  • Christine Rice (Mezzo-soprano) : Béatrice
  • Allan Clayton (Tenor) : Bénédict
  • Ailish Tynan (Soprano) : Héro
  • Elodie Méchain (Alto) : Ursule
  • Edwin Crossley-Mercer (Baritone) : Claudio
  • Jérôme Varnier (Bass) : Don Pedro
  • Michel Trempont (Baritone) : Somarone


Béatrice et Bénédict
Opéra in two acts by Hector Berlioz (1803 - 1869)
Libretto by Hector Berlioz after Shakespeare's 'Much Ado about Nothing'
First performance in Baden-Baden, Theater der Stadt, 9 August 1862

Recording: Opéra-Comique | Paris
Director: Francois Roussillon
Duration: 01:54

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