Meyerbeer in Italy, with a libretto by Metastasio: a convoluted whirl of transvestism, disguise, and attempted poisonings in Babylon.
After 11 years, I have finally seen Meyerbeer's grand opera Le Prophète. Utterly extraordinary. It's one of the half-dozen best operas ever, if not at the absolute pinnacle.  You can watch the video here: https://culturebox.francetvinfo.fr/opera-classique/opera/le-prophete-de-meyerbeer-au-theatre-du-capitole-a-toulouse-271753 Setting: The Netherlands and Germany, during the 16th-century Wars of Religion. Characters: A murderous demagogue, self-proclaimed Messiah and Son of … Continue reading He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!
VASCO DA GAMA (L’AFRICAINE) By Giacomo Meyerbeer Opéra in 5 acts Libretto: Eugène Scribe (with revisions, additions and translations by Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer, Julius Duesberg and Giacomo Meyerbeer) First performed as L’Africaine: Académie Impériale de Musique (salle Le Peletier), Paris, 28 April 1865. L’Africaine was the last work of the most popular and … Continue reading 3. Vasco da Gama / L’Africaine (Giacomo Meyerbeer)