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Also out on DVD this month is Michel Legrand’s Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, technically not an opera, but included by virtue of being sung through. I must confess to being mystified by Legrand’s cult status and this piece is no exception. It seems to consist entirely of pained Gallic expressions, gazing into the middle distance, anguished looks, the odd shrug or moué, and just one big tune flogged to death. Yet millions adore it, so what do I know? Filmed in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet, a world premiere of the symphonic version conducted by the composer, it’s neatly staged with witty portable scenery and fluent action. Seventeen year old Maria Oppert is a remarkably good Geneviève, providing a lovely freshness. Vincent Niclo is a handsome Guy, Natalie Dessay and Laurent Naouri prove class acts as Madame Emery and Roland Cassard.

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