Le Dernier Jour d’un condamné

drame intérieur en deux actes et un intermezzo d’après le roman de Victor Hugo


and Frédérico Alagna (livret)

(couverture de Le Dernier Jour d’un condamné)
  • excerpts .pdf (449 KB)
  • sheet music pour solistes, chœur et piano
  • réduction pour voix et piano
  • 110 min
  • ISMN 979-0-2318-0223-8
  • 21 x 29.7 cm
  • stapled booklet
  • 154 pages
  • 490 g
  • Publisher : Symétrie
  • Public price t. incl. : €40.00

Le Dernier jour d’un condamné (The Last Day of a Condemned Man) is an opera in two acts and one intermezzo on a libretto by the three Alagna brothers, adapted from the eponymous novel Victor Hugo. Published in 1829, it is a long interior monologue in which a man sentenced to death tells about his life, thoughts, fears and suffering during the six weeks between the first day of his trial and the day of his execution. Here Victor Hugo strongly advocates for the abolition of death penalty. The style is particular to the extent that the author says virtually nothing about the character, not even his name. The reader is then left some condemned man; at the time such an anonimity shocked. Despite the many critics Hugo had to face, he persisted and precised his intentions in the long preface he wrote for the 1832 edition: “What his intention was, what he would like future generations to see in this work […], is not the specific defence of some particular criminal, some defendant of his own choosing, which is always both simple and short-lived: it is an overall and ongoing plea for every defendant now and in the future.” And Hugo furthermore writes: “We do not just want the death penalty abolished, we want a complete revision of all forms of punishment from top to bottom, from prison bars to the blade.”

This appeal “to stamp the inviolability of human life into the law’s brow” has been taken over and modernised in David Alagna’s opera. Indeed, to the only character of the original version detained in the Kremlin-Bicêtre prison in Paris in 1828, the composer adds a female counterpart living in an undefined country in the 2000s. Both stories, under the form of simultaenous but independent monologues, are taking place in parallel, without any interaction or meeting of the characters.

Le Dernier Jour d’un condamné by David Alagna was first performed in concert version at the Theatre of the Champs-Élysées on 8 July 2007 under the baton of Michel Plasson with Roberto Alagna in the title role.

(translation Philippe Do)

Extraits sonores

disqueA recording of Le Dernier Jour d’un condamné is available on the Deutsche Grammophon label

Panorama de presse

Sur un livret efficace et percutant, habilement coécrit par Roberto, David et Frédérico Alagna, David Alagna a composé une musique belle et forte, bouleversante de lyrisme et de noirceur à la fois, parfaitement adaptée à la prosodie de la langue française si bien servie au chant par Roberto Alagna. […] On ne peut que souhaiter à cette importante création contemporaine de connaître plus largement encore le succès qu’elle mérite incontestablement.

Fabrice Malkany, Forumopera.com

Nomenclature

2 flûtes (petite flûte), 2 hautbois (cor anglais), 2 clarinettes (clarinette basse), 2 bassons, 4 cors, 2 trompettes, 2 trombones, 1 tuba, timbales, percussions 1, harpe, cordes, choeur

(couverture de Le Dernier Jour d’un condamné)

Le Dernier Jour d’un condamné

drame intérieur en deux actes et un intermezzo d’après le roman de Victor Hugo

and Frédérico Alagna (livret)
  • excerpts .pdf (449 KB)
  • sheet music pour solistes, chœur et piano
  • réduction pour voix et piano
  • 110 min
  • ISMN 979-0-2318-0223-8
  • 21 x 29.7 cm
  • stapled booklet
  • 154 pages
  • 490 g
  • Publisher : Symétrie
  • Public price t. incl. : €40.00
(couverture de Le Dernier Jour d’un condamné)

Le Dernier Jour d’un condamné

opéra en deux actes et un intermezzo

and Frédérico Alagna (livret)
  • sheet music pour solistes, chœur et orchestre
  • conducteur et matériel
  • 110 min
  • ISMN 979-0-2318-0232-0
  • 21 x 29.7 cm
  • spiral booklet
  • 256 pages
  • on hire
  • Publisher : Symétrie
(couverture de Air du Condamné)

Air du Condamné

« Non, je ne suis pas un impie… »
  • excerpts .pdf (113 KB)
  • sheet music pour solistes, chœur et orchestre
  • réduction pour voix et piano
  • 6 min
  • ISMN 979-0-2318-0230-6
  • 21 x 29.7 cm
  • stapled booklet
  • 10 pages
  • 60 g
  • Publisher : Symétrie
  • Public price t. incl. : €12.00

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