“Mary Magdalene’s desperate love tales”

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As for the evening’s masterpiece, Damien Guillon seems as comfortable singing as with his conductor’s stick, making constant about-turns towards the Banquet Céleste’s ensemble then towards the audience which he enchants with his noble and marvellously vocalising voice (whilst still keeping a link to his fingers by subtle hand and shoulder movements). Bearing testimony to the show’s utmost quality and passionate 88-episode narrative (arias, recitatives and interludes), it comes as a great surprise to see the performers rise half-way through the story to bow before their audience. Not only because intervals are not usually granted during oratorios in a church, but also because of the piece’s remarkable smoothness and interpretation – that is as fascinating as the sacred place in which it was performed. Charles Arden

- Opéra de Rennes