September 18, 2015
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Tickets: $20-100

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

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The Boston premiere of one of Massenet’s most spectacular operas.

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​.


Rodrigue … Paul Groves
Chimène … Tamara Mancini
Don Diègue … Oren Gradus
Le Roi … Michael Chioldi
L’Infante … Eleni Calenos
Le Comte de Gormas … Kristopher Irmiter
St. Jacques … Robert Honeysucker
Don Alonzo/L’Envoyé Maure … David Salsbery Fry
Don Arias … Ethan Bremner

Odyssey Opera Orchestra
Gil Rose, Conductor

“For its third year in a row, Odyssey Opera has helped jump-start the fall classical season with an opera of vast proportions. “

A local premiere for Massenet’s ‘Le Cid’
The Boston Globe

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

Machismo and Passion in Grand Opera Style
The Boston Musical Intelligencer

“there’s opera, and then there’s grand opera.”

Odyssey Opera goes long and large with Massenet’s “Le Cid”
Boston Classical Review