88. Le tribut de Zamora (Charles Gounod)

Opéra in 4 acts. Composer: Charles Gounod Libretto : Adolphe d’Ennery & Jules Brésil. First performance : Théâtre de l’Opéra (Palais Garnier), 1 April 1881.  Remounted at the Opéra: 13 March 1885 (48th performance) – 50th & final performance 25 March 1885. It's been nearly a month since I last posted, my mate Phil tells me. Today, … Continue reading 88. Le tribut de Zamora (Charles Gounod)

He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!

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. [1] 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!

75. Sāvitri (Gustav Holst)

Chamber opera in 1 act Composer & librettist: Gustav Holst First performed: Wellington Hall, London, 5 December 1916 (amateur performance) First professional performance: Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London, 23 June 1921, conducted by Arthur Bliss CHARACTERS SĀVITRI (soprano): Dorothy Silk SATYAVĀN, her husband (tenor): Steuart Wilson DEATH (bass): Clive Carey SETTING Ancient India STORY Sāvitri is the story of the loyal … Continue reading 75. Sāvitri (Gustav Holst)

62. Olympie (Gaspare Spontini)

OLYMPIETragédie lyrique en 3 actesComposer: Gaspare SpontiniLibretto : MM. Michel Dieulafoy, Eugène Briffaut, after Voltaire’s play (1761)First performed : Théâtre de l’Opéra, Paris, 22 December 1819, conducted by Rudolphe Kreutzer.  Divertissements: Pierre Gardel. Sets: Ignazio Degotti and Charles Ciceri. Costumes: Auguste Garneray.Revised Berlin, May 1821.The failure of Spontini's opera about the death of Alexander the Great left the … Continue reading 62. Olympie (Gaspare Spontini)