Julie (2005)

Unrated | | Drama, Musical | TV Movie 14 August 2005
Philippe Boesmans sign his fourth opera with Julie. Harking back to the model of the chamber opera, the composer focused on the chemistry of human relationships that lead heroine of the ... See full summary »


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Luc Bondy (libretto), Marie-Louise Bischofberger (libretto) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview:
Malena Ernman ... Julie
Garry Magee Garry Magee ... Jean
Kerstin Avemo Kerstin Avemo ... Kristin
Orchestre de chambre de la Monnaie Orchestre de chambre de la Monnaie ... Themselves - Orchestre chambre
Kazushi Ono Kazushi Ono ... Himself - Direction musicale


Philippe Boesmans sign his fourth opera with Julie. Harking back to the model of the chamber opera, the composer focused on the chemistry of human relationships that lead heroine of the drama of Strindberg to end his life. Three voices, a chamber orchestra, a unique place, a night time make us witness the fate of this young woman touching. Composer in residence at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie for nearly 20 years, the Belgian Philippe Boesmans, born in 1936, is undoubtedly a major figure in the musical landscape of our time. Julie is an intimate work, a chamber opera in one act, based on the drama of the Swedish August Strindberg's Miss Julie, written in 1888. Boesmans music is very personal: his writing is dense and precise, rich and colorful, delicate and colorful and his writing for the voice proves that with opera, the composer was in his natural element. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

14 August 2005 (France) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Absolutely masterful in every way
14 August 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Was really surprised at how good an opera 'Julie' was. The work is very intimate, wrenching in its tragic elements and intriguing in the more psychological ones. Phillip Boesman's rich, colourful, delicate and full-blooded music is remarkably accessible too.

This is simply a masterful production of it, one of the best opera productions this reviewer has seen in a long time and this is coming from a lifelong fan who watches opera on a daily basis for enjoyment and gaining more knowledge of how it's staged, singers' voices and the operas themselves.

While spare, like 'Julie' itself, it also looks very attractive. One of Luc Bondy's most visually attractive and tasteful productions for sure. The staging also shows that Bondy does have a passion for opera that he likes (which that sense is given with his 'Don Carlos' but one also got the sense that he was trying to actively ruin 'Tosca' with the 2009 Met production), can give dramatic thrust to the drama and maintain the opera's spirit. The intimacy is never static, the tragic parts wrench the heart and gut and the psychological tension and such is both intriguing and tense.

Musically, the production is outstanding, with precise and very expressive orchestral playing that matches the richness, colour, delicacy and full-blood of the score perfectly and sensitive and alert conducting that is alive to nuanced lyricism and fiery intensity.

Gary Magee is a powerful presence as Jean and sings sonorously, while Kerstin Avemo sings with a limpid tone and acts with fresh appeal and charm. The production however belongs to the tour-De-force performance of Malena Ernman, who shows total inhabiting and living of the title role and a rich and full of depth voice.

In conclusion, masterful, both as an opera and as a production. If you're a fan of opera and want a change from the operatic staples/classics, 'Julie' is a must-see with something for everybody, something that not many contemporary operas succeeds in. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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