Thérèse Raquin (opera)

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Thérèse Raquin is an opera in two acts composed by Tobias Picker to a libretto by Gene Scheer based on the novel Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola. It is Picker's third opera, following Emmeline (1996) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (1998) and was commissioned by the Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, and the Opéra de Montréal. It premiered in November 2001.


Role Voice
Madame Raquin Soprano
Thérèse Raquin Mezzo-Soprano
Camille Raquin Tenor
Laurent LeClaire Baritone
Suzanne Michaud Soprano
Olivier Michaud Bass
Monsieur Grivet Tenor


When Thérèse and Camille Raquin run into an old friend, Laurent, their life is irrevocably changed. Thérèse and Laurent, in fact, are more than just friends, and fervently confess their love to one another. So hot is their love, in fact, that they conspire to kill the sick Camille and run away together. While they succeed in dumping Camille's body in the Seine, they can't quite rid themselves of Camille - as both a black stain on their consciences and an actual ghost, the couple is tormented by the memory of the man they murdered.[1]


Tobias Picker: Thérèse Raquin (Diana Soviero, Sara Fulgoni, Gordon Gietz, et al.; Dallas Opera; Conductor: Graeme Jenkins). Chandos 9659[2]


  1. ^ Tobias Picker's official website: Thérèse Raquin
  2. ^ Tobias Picker's official website: Recordings.html

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