French grand opera begins.
But how does it compare to Andrew Lloyd Webber?
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.
Beethoven's only opera: a hymn to liberty.
Admirers called Isis "l'opéra des musiciens" - but the librettist was exiled from court.
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.