Is it the greatest opera of the 18th century?
A crazy mixed-up day on a Spanish estate - with an ingenious act finale.
An early work by the leading opéra-comique composer of the late 18th century.
In which Gluck sets a libretto for Lully, and challenges the 'master' of French opera on his own ground. With passion and magic in the Crusades.
An opéra-comique popular for more than a century, and admired by Berlioz.
The brilliant Jacques (né Jakob) Offenbach, one of the Jewish German masters of French opera, was born in Cologne 200 years ago today. The Aristophanic, Bacchic Offenbach, best of all the Bachs. For wit, tunefulness, and music that makes you smile (or even laugh), his works are hard to beat. Jupiter tries to seduce a … Continue reading Happy 200th birthday, M. Offenbach!