La Belle et la Bête
PHILIP GLASS ENSEMBLE
A beautiful, superbly integrated work… La Belle et la Bête is Glass’s best work in years.
Music PHILIP GLASS
Film JEAN COCTEAU
Conductor MICHAEL RIESMAN
The spellbinding powers of a silver screen masterpiece are recast anew by an artist who has redefined both film and music.
Jean Cocteau stands as the twentieth century’s grand virtuoso of cinematic illusion, and his 1946 film adaptation of the classic Beauty and the Beast is an opalescent ode to the transformative powers of love and art.
In a gesture across history from one master to another, Philip Glass has worked his own alchemical magic around this shimmering spectacle. The modern maestro has composed a classical opera, replacing the film’s original soundtrack and dialogue. Performed live by the Philip Glass Ensemble, the result is an entirely unique synthesis of opera and film.
Please note Philip Glass will not be appearing.
HOUSE PROGRAM Read up on the show before you see it.
Ensemble Lisa Bielawa, Dan Bora, Jon Gibson, Peter Hess, Ryan Kelly, Nelson Padgett, Michael Riesman, Eleonor Sandresky, Andrew Sterman
Vocalists Hai-Ting Chinn, Marie Mascari, Gregory Purnhagen, Peter Stewart
Production Management Pomegranate Arts, Inc
FILM LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE
Story, Dialogue, and Direction Jean Cocteau
From a fairytale by Mme Leprince de Beaumont
La Bête, Avenant, Ardent Jean Marais
La Belle Josette Day
Adélaïde Mila Parlêy
Félicie Nane Germon
Ludovic Michel Auclair
Le Père Raoul Marco
The Merchant Marcel Andrè
Artistic Adviser Christian Bèrard
Technical Adviser Renè Clement
Set Renè Moulaert and Carrè
Costumes Escoffier and Castillo
Original Music Georges Auric
Camera Henri Alaken
Supervising Editor Claude Iberia
Distribution Pandora, Paris
IMAGE | Robbie Jack
Funded by donations from the
With support from
- Philip Glass
- Jean Cocteau
- Michael Riesman
- Musical Direction
- Michael Riesman