The Rhythms and Romance of Spain

Concepción is married to a dull clockmaker, and in repeated attempts to pursue her romantic endeavors, she hides her paramours in an array of grandfather clocks—such is the premise of Ravel’s charming  one-act opera, L’Heure espagnole. Charles Dutoit conducts music inspired by the intoxicating rhythms of Spain.


Charles Dutoit


Isabel Leonard

mezzo-soprano (Concepción)

Jean-Paul Fouchécourt

tenor (Torquemada)

John Mark Ainsley

tenor (Gonzalve, a student poet)

Jean-Luc Ballestra

baritone (Ramiro)

David Wilson-Johnson

baritone (Don Iñigo Gomez)

Javier Perianes


San Francisco Symphony



Alborado del gracioso


Nights in the Gardens of Spain


L’Heure espagnole

All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.

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