Berlioz and other Frenchmen

Hector Berlioz, probably France’s greatest composer, died 150 years ago yesterday. Here, in honour of his sesquicentenary, are some of his finest works:

The Opéra de Paris, meanwhile, has released its 2019/20 season:

  • Rameau
    • Les Indes galantes [FRENCH]
  • Mozart
    • Don Giovanni
    • Così fan tutte
  • Rossini
    • Barber of Seville
  • Bellini
    • Il pirata
    • I puritani
  • Verdi
    • Rigoletto
    • La Traviata
    • Don Carlo
  • Wagner
    • Das Rheingold
    • Die Walküre
    • Siegfried
    • Götterdämmerung 
  • Offenbach
    • Les contes d’Hoffmann [FRENCH]
  • Mussorgsky
    • Boris Godunov
  • Borodin
    • Prince Igor
  • Massenet
    • Manon [FRENCH]
  • Puccini
    • La Bohème
    • Madama Butterfly
  • Cilea
    • Adriana Lecouvreur
  • Reimann
    • Lear
  • Boesmans
    • Yvonne princesse de Bourgogne [FRENCH]

Plenty of warhorses, few French composers (no Berlioz), and Don Carlos in Italian.

Opéra Comique has yet to reveal next year’s line-up; their 2018/19 season, though, includes such truly French works as Auber’s Domino noir; Rabaud’s Mârouf, savetier de Caire; Gounod’s Nonne sanglante; Thomas’ Hamlet; Rameau; and Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice. We can but hope.

And good news:

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