Admirers called Isis "l'opéra des musiciens" - but the librettist was exiled from court.
For Rossini's 57th birthday: One of his finest operas.
Médée is something new - and dangerous.
The first Romantic opera, and the foundation of the 19th century French school.
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.