Opera Sauvage

a look at the music of Vangelis Papathanassiou

"Opera sauvage" is the title of Vangelis' soundtrack album for the late-seventies documentary series "L'Opera Sauvage", made by Frédéric Rossif. The series consists of 21 episodes, almost all of which which include music provided by Vangelis. The documentary series includes much more music than can be heard on the album, as is usually the case when Vangelis composes music for film.

Other wildlife documentary series and films by Frédéric Rossif that Vangelis provided a musical score for include "L'Apocalypse des animaux" (1971),  "La fête sauvage" (1976)  and "Sauvage et Beau" (1984).

This album is one of the more popular albums of Vangelis, as it includes instant favorites such as "Hymne", "Rêve" and "L'enfant". Indeed this album works well when listened to fully, and with my personal favorite "Flamant roses" the album closes with amazing percussion and reflective themes...



  1. Hymne
  2. Rêve
  3. L'enfant
  4. Mouettes
  5. Chromatique
  6. Irlande
  7. Flamants roses*

Composed, arranged, produced and performed by Vangelis.
Harp by Jon Anderson(*)

Engineered by Keith Spencer-Allen, Marlis Ducklau and Raphel Preston.
Sleeve design by Vangelis Papathanassiou.
Photography: Véronique Skawinska



Polydor 829 663-2 West-Germany/United States/Canada
Polydor P2-29663 United States
Polydor P22P 20305 Japan
Polydor UICY-9738 Japan re-issue

Polydor 2480 551 West-Germany/Israel/Canada/Australia/New Zealand
Polydor 2473 105 Holland/France/Spain/Brazil
Polydor Argentina/Italy/Japan/Korea/UK

Hymne/Irlande Poydor 2056 922 Holland (7" single)
L'enfant/Chromatique/Irlande Polydor Polydor 815 602-1 Spain (12" maxi-single)

The album is very common, still any of the singles are rare and very difficult to find.

Recording Studio
The music of L'Opera Sauvage is recorded at Nemo Studios, London, England in 1978 and 1979.


Vangelis recording L'Opera Sauvage
Vangelis recording L'Opera Sauvage