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)

91. Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame (Jules Massenet)

LE JONGLEUR DE NOTRE-DAME Miracle in 3 acts Composer: Jules Massenet Libretto: Maurice Léna, after a tale by Anatole France, inspired by a mediaeval legend First performance: Théâtre de Monte-Carlo, 18 February 1902 Massenet, ‘le musicien de la femme et de l’amour’, as Schneider called him, composed an opera without either — except, the composer said, the most … Continue reading 91. Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame (Jules Massenet)

75. Sāvitri (Gustav Holst)

Chamber opera in 1 act Composer & librettist: Gustav Holst First performed: Wellington Hall, London, 5 December 1916 (amateur performance) First professional performance: Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London, 23 June 1921, conducted by Arthur Bliss CHARACTERS SĀVITRI (soprano): Dorothy Silk SATYAVĀN, her husband (tenor): Steuart Wilson DEATH (bass): Clive Carey SETTING Ancient India STORY Sāvitri is the story of the loyal … Continue reading 75. Sāvitri (Gustav Holst)

72. Capriccio (Richard Strauss)

CAPRICCIO “A Conversation Piece for Music” in 1 act Composer: Richard Strauss Libretto: Clemens Krauss and Richard Strauss First performed: Nationaltheater München, Munich, Germany, 28 October 1942, conducted by Clemens Krauss Dossier We continue our series on the world's dullest operas with Strauss's last offering, an artistic debate performed in the middle of WWII. Uncyclopedia gives this … Continue reading 72. Capriccio (Richard Strauss)

69. Adriana Lecouvreur (Francesco Cilea)

ADRIANA LECOUVREUR Composer: Francesco Cilea Stageplay by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Legouvé reduced to 4 acts for the lyric stage by Arturo Colautti First performed: Teatro Lirico, Milan, 6 November 1902, conducted by Cleofonte Campanini Cilea slays it with flowers in this tale of love and rivalry in 18th century Paris. CHARACTERS MAURIZIO, conte di SASSONIA (tenor): … Continue reading 69. Adriana Lecouvreur (Francesco Cilea)