Tom Jones (Philidor)
Tom Jones is a comédie mêlée d'ariettes, a kind of opéra comique, by the French composer François-André Danican Philidor which first appeared at the Comédie-Italienne, Paris, on 27 February 1765. Its French libretto, by Antoine-Alexandre-Henri Poisenet and Bertin Davesne, is loosely based on the novel by Henry Fielding.
The opera was initially a failure but Philidor had the libretto revised by Michel-Jean Sedaine and this new version, first performed on 30 January 1766, proved one of the most popular opéras comiques of the late 18th century. It was produced in a number of other countries, and translated into German, Swedish and Russian.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast, 27 February 1765 |
|Monsieur Western||bass||Joseph Caillot|
|Madame Western, his sister||mezzo-soprano||Bérard|
|Sophie, his daughter||soprano||Desglands|
|Honora, her companion||soprano||Marie-Thérèse Laruette-Villette|
|Allworthy, their neighbour||baritone||Antoine Trial|
|Tom Jones, his ward||tenor||Clairval (Jean-Baptiste Guignard)|
|Blifil, Allworthy's nephew||tenor||Jean-Louis Laruette|
François-André Danican Philidor: Tom Jones, Lausanne Opera and Le Sinfonietta de Lausanne
- Conductor: Jean-Claude Malgoire
- Principal singers: Sébastien Droy, Sophie Marin-Degor, Marc Barrard, Sibyl Zanganelli, Carine Séchehaye, Rodolphe Briand, Léonard Pezzino & Guillaume Michel
- Recording date: staged in 2005; recorded on 17, 18 and 20 janvier, 2006
- Label: Dynamic 33509 (DVD), CDS509 (CD)