Stéphanie d’Oustrac on the Ravel double bill

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Festival 2015 sees the revival of the 2012 Ravel double bill, a popular production in recent years at Glyndebourne. The opening performance of the Festival 2015 Ravel double bill will in fact be its 60th performance here.

Ravel’s only two operas, L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les sortilèges, are usually performed together, but they couldn’t be more different.


Photo: Simon Annand

L’heure espagnole

First performed at: Opéra-Comique on 19 May 1911
First performed at Glyndebourne: 29 May 1966

L’enfant et les sortilèges

First performed at: Théâtre de Monte Carlo on 21 March 1925
First performed at Glyndebourne: 22 July 1987

‘In my view, Ravel’s two short operas are not at all connected. L’heure espagnole is rather trivial; L’enfant et les sortilèges is more spiritual. Overall, it’s Ravel’s genius that prevails in both his operas. His wonderful music is the common element between the two works.’
– Laurent Pelly, Director of the 2012 and 2015 Ravel double bill productions


Twitter Q&A: Stéphanie d’Oustrac

Stéphanie d’Oustrac, who is Carmen at this year’s Festival and who starred as Concepción in L’heure espagnole in the Festival 2012 production, which you can watch on demand here, joined us for a Twitter Q&A on 21 June.

Why should people see L’heure espagnole?

Is humour always fun to play, or challenging?

How was working with Laurent Pelly and Kazushi Ono?

Ravel’s a master at bringing together the fantastical and the lyrical. What makes him such an exceptional composer?

Are there any other composers you’re particularly inspired by?

I know Robin Ticciati, our Music Director, is a fan of Berlioz too. And do you have a favourite opera role?

How has this year’s Festival been?


Photo: Simon Annand

See the Ravel double bill

The 2012 Ravel double bill, with Stéphanie d’Oustrac as Concepción, is available to watch on demand until midnight on 28 June.

Some tickets are still available for the 2015 revival of the Ravel double bill, starring Danielle de Niese as both Concepción in L’heure espagnole and the child in L’enfant et les sortilèges – all after just giving birth to a baby boy earlier this summer.

What do you think of Ravel’s only operas? Leave a comment and let us know.