Mozart's earliest complete opera: Phoebus, but not feeble, one might say.
The brilliant Jacques (né Jakob) Offenbach, one of the Jewish German masters of French opera, was born in Cologne 200 years ago today. The Aristophanic, Bacchic Offenbach, best of all the Bachs. For wit, tunefulness, and music that makes you smile (or even laugh), his works are hard to beat. Jupiter tries to seduce a … Continue reading Happy 200th birthday, M. Offenbach!
Probably Mozart's worst opera - but remarkable for an 11-year-old.
Gluck's reform opera: boring or beautiful?
Tom Jones, the musical - by an 18th century chess master.
Is this the first great French opera?
In which Gluck reforms opera with a prehistoric sun-myth.