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La Belle et la Bête

Philip Glass Ensemble
10 - 11 August 2013
Edinburgh Playhouse

Minimalist composer Philip Glass’s magical reimagining of Jean Cocteau’s 1946 La Belle et la Bête combines the classic black and white film with live performance in a sophisticated work that is at once a touching fairy tale and a meditation on creativity.

Removing the film’s original dialogue track and score by Georges Auric, Glass replaces them with his own scintillating music, played live by the Philip Glass Ensemble, the dialogue sung by vocalist’s synchronised live with the screen.

The result boldly harnesses movie technology to create a stunning synthesis of opera and film, as Cocteau’s bewitching storytelling is matched by some of Glass’s most evocative music in an unforgettable tale of love triumphing over greed.

  • Language: 
    French with English surtitles
  • Running time: 
    1 hour 30 minutes approximately


Edinburgh Playhouse

18-22 Greenside Place

Supported by
Ewan and Christine Brown




Film by Jean Cocteau (1946)
Music by Philip Glass
Conducted by Michael Riesman

Performed in French with English surtitles

Marie Mascari Soprano
Hai-Ting Chinn Mezzo soprano
Gregory Purnhagen Baritone
Peter Stewart Baritone

Image: John Cocteau, production stills courtesy of Janus Films

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