The first Romantic opera, and the foundation of the 19th century French school.
How did Grétry respond to the turmoil of the Terror?
Q: Sister Anne, Sister Anne, what do you see? A: I see that horrid M. Grétry! He wants to make our flesh creep.
Beethoven thought Cherubini was the greatest composer of the time. We look at his first French opera.
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.