Le Cid

Jules Massenet

September 18, 2015 at 7:30pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall

Le Cid

Boston Premiere

Music by Jules Massenet

Libretto by Louis Gallet, Édouard Blau, and Adolphe d’Ennery after the play by Pierre Corneille

Sung in French with projected English titles

Run Time: 3 hours and 20 minutes with one intermission


Featuring Gil Rose and the Odyssey Opera Orchestra, an 80-voice chorus, and a star-studded cast led by world-renowned American tenor Paul Groves in a one night only concert production of this lush, riveting, and rarely-performed score.

Based on the story of Spain’s greatest legend, Le Cid tells the tale of a war hero navigating the line between duty and romance while his beloved must decide between pursuing vengeance and following her heart. This epic piece rejoices in the redemption that comes from honoring love over all​.

“Those who packed Jordan Hall enthusiastically cheered this welcome encounter with a production of such skill and energy.”

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Cast and Creative

Gil RoseGil Rose

Paul Groves Paul Groves

Tamara Mancini Tamara Mancini

Oren Gradus Oren Gradus
Don Diègue

Michael Chioldi Michael Chioldi
Le Roi

Eleni Calenos Eleni Calenos

Kristopher Irmiter Kristopher Irmiter
Le Comte de Gormas
Robert Honeysucker Robert Honeysucker
St. Jacques
David Salsbery Fry David Salsbery Fry
Don Alonzo/
L’Envoyé Maure

Ethan Bremner Ethan Bremner
Don Arias


Massenet’s Le Cid was not the first opera to tackle the subject of the mythical representation of the historical El Cid—nor was it the last. Indeed, scholars have estimated that at least twenty-six composers recognized the tale of the 11th-century warrior caught between passion and filial duty as too delicious a drama not to set to music. These included such illustrious contributors to operatic history as Giovanni Paisiello, Georges Bizet, and Claude Debussy. Still, it is French master Jules Massenet’s 1885 opera that has made a lasting impression, despite being rarely performed.

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Portrait of El Cid