“Picker’s recent music displays a distinctly soulful style that is one of the glories of the current musical scene.” (BBC Music Magazine)
Love surrenders to lust in this scandalous tale of primal appetites, embraced by a lavish, sensual score that mirrors the lovers' turbulent affair. Thérèse, bound by an unhappy marriage, falls deeply in love with an old friend, but romance turns to madness when they commit a crime that will haunt them forever. Join us for a deadly love triangle in what Opera Now calls "a meaningful opera infused with moments of searing reflection and luxurious sensuality."
"The novel exudes opera from every page. Everything about it is operatic. I felt myself becoming involved in the characters' intense emotions. I view them as real people with extremely serious conflicts. For me, the 'animal side' of the characters is what makes them so deeply human." (Tobias Picker)
In a dingy side street in Paris, beautiful and young Thérèse, is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. But all changes when she meets her husband's alluring friend, Laurent, a man with a feral sexuality. They begin a passionate affair, and soon decide that Camille must disappear. They drown the inconvenient man during a boating excursion on the Seine, without attracting any suspicion. But after his death, Camille haunts them as a ghost and eventually drives them to madness and despair.