Green, the long-awaited follow-up to Opium, is a collection of song settings of the poems of Paul Verlaine, one of the most influential figures of the fin de siècle. The settings range from music by composers Debussy, Chausson, Fauré and Hahn, to modern chansons by Léo Ferré and Charles Trenet. Featuring the Ebène Quartet and pianist Jérôme Ducros.
Currently Music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Antonio Pappano was born in London of Italian parents. At the age of 13 he moved with his family to the United States, where he continued his studies in piano, composition and conducting. Work as a repetiteur and assistant conductor rapidly led to his engagement in theatres throughout the world: New York City Opera, Gran Teatro del Liceo (Barcelona), Frankfurt Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Bayreuth Festival, where he was assistant to Daniel Barenboim for Tristan und Isolde, Parsifal and the Der Ring des Nibelungen.
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