The greatest opera of the 19th century?
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!