99. Renard (Igor Stravinsky)

Histoire burlesque chantée et jouée Composer: Igor Stravinsky Based on Russian folk tales from Alexander Afanaseyev's collection First performed: Théâtre de l'Opéra, Paris, 18 May 1922, in a double bill with Mavra “Le Renard continues the great Stravinskist tradition,” Vogue (1 July 1922) wrote when the Ballets Russes premièred the opera-ballet in Paris. This “burlesque … Continue reading 99. Renard (Igor Stravinsky)

97. L’étranger (Vincent d’Indy)

Action musicale in 2 acts Music & poem: Vincent d'Indy First performed: Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels, 7 January 1903 L étranger is a jewel of an opera, melancholy and mysterious as the ocean. It is, like Fervaal, a religious opera; while the earlier work is Frenchified Wagner, a saga of Celts at the waning … Continue reading 97. L’étranger (Vincent d’Indy)

95. Guercœur (Albéric Magnard)

GUERCŒUR Tragédie en musique in 3 acts and 5 tableaux Composer & libretto: Albéric Magnard Written 1898–1900.  First performed : Théâtre de l’Opéra (Palais Garnier), Paris, 23 April 1931 Albéric Magnard was murdered by German soldiers in 1914. Next year, Guercœur, an ultra-rarity, will be performed in Germany. Magnard, I think, would have appreciated this. For … Continue reading 95. Guercœur (Albéric Magnard)