According to Breton legend, the city of Ys (Is or Kêr-Is) sank under the waves when its king’s wicked daughter opened the floodgates. Lalo’s opera on the theme was one of the most successful French operas of the late 19th century.
The greatest opera of the 19th century?
At last we can hear all six of Meyerbeer’s Italian operas. Naxos published a recording of the first, Romilda e Costanza, last month.