Auber: Le Philtre / Acocella, Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra

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The two leading operatic composers of their time were Rossini and Auber, one now fêted, the other largely overlooked. In 1831 Auber and his long-standing librettist Eugène Scribe produced Le Philtre, which took the concept of petit opéra to the extreme, even outdoing Rossini’s Le Comte Ory in depicting a rural setting peopled not with Arcadian shepherds but with ordinary country folk. Auber’s Franco-Italian style can be heard in the work’s ensembles, while elsewhere the opera shimmers with rich arias, buffo elements and delightful cavatinas. Le Philtre was an unalloyed success receiving 243 performances and inspired Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.


The sonorous lyrical tenor Patrick Kabongo as Guillaume achieves a great artistic achievement in every respect. His elegant phrasing, the tones set freely from above, his dramaturgically precise, word-creative ability: all this shows great class.

The Mexican baritone Emmanuel Franco as the dashing militarist Joli-Coeur and the Italian bass Eugenio Di Lieto as the cunning businessman with a weakness for the right medical diagnosis Fontanarose remain sonorous and full of humour, and take advantage of the abundant situational comedy they offer. All three male protagonists succeed in stylistically exemplary fashion in both the French and the Italian influences of the score, influenced by Rossini, with all the rondeaus, cavatinas, cabalettas, strophic airs and brilliant couplets.

-- Merker Online

Product Description:

  • Release Date: January 13, 2023

  • Catalog Number: 8660514-15

  • UPC: 730099051477

  • Label: Naxos

  • Number of Discs: 2

  • Period: Romantic

  • Composer: Daniel Auber

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra, Kraków Philharmonic Chorus

  • Performer: Patrick Kabongo, Emmanuel Franco, Eugenio Di Lieto, Luiza Fatyol, Adina Vilichi, Luciano Acocella


  1. Le Philtre

    Composer: Daniel Auber

    Ensemble: Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra, Kraków Philharmonic Chorus

    Performer: Patrick Kabongo (Tenor), Emmanuel Franco (Baritone), Eugenio Di Lieto (Bass), Luiza Fatyol (Soprano), Adina Filichi (Soprano)

    Conductor: Luciano Acocella