Méhul's Ossianic opera is a Scotch broth of storm-tossed forests, wronged lairds, hardy lasses, bards, and warriors; an exercise in mood and atmosphere. And not a violin to be heard.
Méhul plays a musical trick on Napoleon.
A ruler in disguise, a brigand chief, a wicked emir, and a beautiful maiden in this Arabian Nights fantasy.
Médée is something new - and dangerous.
Napoleon admired Méhul, the leading French composer of the Revolutionary age. This opera about a prince dying from love was one of his greatest successes.
The first Romantic opera, and the foundation of the 19th century French school.
How did Grétry respond to the turmoil of the Terror?