Tarare is a revolution in five acts. Despots dethroned; popular uprisings; anti-clericalism; and cries for liberty, equality, and an end to absolute monarchy … two years before the Assemblée nationale and the storming of the Bastille. Music by Salieri, libretto by Beaumarchais (yes, that Beaumarchais).
Patriotism and self-sacrifice in Salieri's austere music drama.
The best opera of 1786.
Shepherds and sentiment served up for sophisticates: the style Marie Antoinette.
Corneille's Cid becomes an opera.
Slaves and seraglios in one of the 18th century's most popular operas.
Piccinni's most popular French opera.