4-disc boxed set opera CD. Double jewel case couched in a card box embossed in gold. Jewel case has some wear, a few scratches. Discs are clean and bright with no scuffs. Box in Very Good condition. One split corner has been archivally repaired. Includes 32-page booklet, as issued. Liner notes and labels are bilingual,in French, German and English.
Opera in three acts and eight scenes by major 20th century composer and librettist Olivier Messiaen, written from 1975 to 1983. The work concerns Saint Francis of Assisi, the title character, and displays the composer's devout Catholicism. The world première was given by the Paris Opera at the Palais Garnier on 28 November 1983, from which this recording results. Conductor was the esteemed Seiji Ozawa. Live recording, with cast including: Jose Van Dam, Kenneth Riegel, Jean-Phillipe Courtis, Michel Sénéchal, Christiane Eda-Pierre, Georges Gautier, Michel Philippe.