La Reine de Saba

Charles Gounod

September 22, 2018 at 7:30pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall

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La Reine de Saba (The Queen of Sheba)

United States Premiere

Music by Charles Gounod

Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré

Presented in concert, Performed in French with English supertitles


Balkis, the famed Queen of Sheba, arrives in Jerusalem to meet her betrothed, King Solomon. But the beautiful and powerful Queen instead finds herself drawn to Solomon’s master architect Adoniram. What follows is a dramatic struggle between love and obligation, filled with intrigue, jealousy, and betrayal. A classic French Grand Opera from the composer who wrote Faust. This forgotten masterpiece, inspired by Gérard de Nerval’s book Le voyage en Orient, is resurrected by Odyssey Opera for one night only at Jordan Hall. Don’t miss this powerful love story in an annual concert event that has become the heralded start to the Boston classical music season.

“This is proof that…opera can certainly flourish in Boston.”


Cast and Creative

Kara Shay ThomsonKara Shay Thomson
Queen of Sheba

Dominick ChenesDominick Chenes

Kevin ThompsonKevin Thompson
King Solomon

Michelle TrainorMichelle Trainor

David KravitzDavid Kravitz

David Salsbery FryDavid Salsbery Fry
Méthousaël/ Sadoc

Gil RoseGil Rose


Videos and photos by Kathy Wittman / Ball Square Films.