Once a professional boxer, Victor now has only one ambition: to coach a young amateur boxer to become a true champion. He immediately sees potential in a young railway worker, André, and, noting his enthusiasm for the sport, offers to train him. André accepts willingly, although he soon realises that Victor’s wife Blanche is not happy with the arrangement. She had been hoping that Victor would soon retire so that they can leave Paris and start a new life in the South of France. Andre’s attention is soon drawn away from his training when he starts to have an affair with a wealthy young woman, Corinne. In the end, he may have to choose between the woman he loves and his career as a world-class boxer.
"This is the story of a dying woman. It is written as such. This is what it tells. During the performance, this woman dies before your eyes, in what is practically a live event. There is no way to conjure the fact away. The main subject of this opera is death and there is no way to avoid that. Death with love. Love with death. One and the other, one in the other." (Peter Mussbach)
Raimondi has advantages: the dark coloring of his voice, the vocal menace, the power of his bass." The three ladies - especially the Te Kanawa has become livelier, more insistent - Maazel has the singers and Mozart firmly in hand.– Hermes Lexikon
For more than 25 years, Anouar Brahem has taken his oud all over far off lands. A melodic impressionist and a for ever inspired improvisor, the Tunisian musician has above all toppled the barriers which separate genres…