CATERINA CORNARO Opera seria in a prologue and two acts By Gaetano Donizetti Libretto: Giacomo Saccherò First performed: Teatro San Carlo, Naples, 12 January 1844 Dossier Great minds think alike; my friend Phil posted about this opera on his blog this morning. "I am waiting with anxiety the news of the fiasco of Caterina Cornaro at Naples," Donizetti … Continue reading 65. Caterina Cornaro (Gaetano Donizetti)
Halévy's disappearance, as I said in my review of La reine de Chypre, is astonishing. In his day, the Jewish musician was seen as the leader of the French school – France’s greatest opera composer from the 1830s to the 1850s. He was, like his fellow Jew Meyerbeer, a master of both grand opera and opéra comique, … Continue reading More by Halévy?
Opéra in 5 acts By Fromental Halévy Libretto: Henri de Saint-Georges First performed: Théâtre de l’Opéra (salle Le Peletier), Paris, 22 December 1841, conducted by François-Antoine Habeneck Dossier The Palazzetto Bru Zane recently published the world première recording of an opera admired by Berlioz and Wagner: a tale of politics, thwarted love, and chivalry in the fifteenth century. … Continue reading 64. La reine de Chypre (Fromental Halévy)
Opera in 3 acts By Feliks Nowowiejski Libretto: Waleria Szalay-Groele, Krystyna Jeżewska First performed: Poznań, Poland, 28 November 1924 Dossier Feliks Nowowiejski (1877-1946) is almost unknown outside Poland, but in the early 20th century he was seen as Poland's most important living composer. His oratorio Quo vadis?, based on Sienkiewicz's novel, was performed around the world until … Continue reading 63. Legenda Bałtyku (Feliks Nowowiejski)
Here's a simple quiz for people who think that Wagner, or Mozart, or Verdi, or Stockhausen, or whoever is the greatest opera composer who ever lived. Not just their favourite composer, whose wonderful operas they want everyone to love as much as they do. Not just a composer with a huge influence on the genre. … Continue reading A quiz for opera enthusiasts
OLYMPIE Tragédie lyrique en 3 actes Composer: Gaspare Spontini Libretto : MM. Michel Dieulafoy, Eugène Briffaut, after Voltaire’s play (1761) First performed : Théâtre de l’Opéra, Paris, 22 December 1819, conducted by Rudolphe Kreutzer. Revised Berlin, May 1821. Dossier The failure of Spontini's opera about the death of Alexander the Great left the composer vowing never to … Continue reading 62. Olympie (Gaspare Spontini)