Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher (Joan of Arc at the Stake) is a large-scale dramatic production and is undoubtedly the Swiss/French composer’s most famous work. It has recently enjoyed renewed international interest thanks to global productions featuring the popular French actress Marion Cotillard. The drama takes place during the heroine’s last minutes on the stake, with flashbacks to her trial and her younger days. Honegger entitled his work a dramatic oratorio, adding speaking roles and actors. The work is a dramatic mix of Honegger’s eclectic score and sung/spoken libretto by poet/playwright Paul Claudel. Odyssey Opera’s performance will feature the voices of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum.
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