100. Patrie! (Emile Paladilhe)

Well, here we are; a century down, and still not dead. I’ve always wanted to use my blog to argue the case for obscure works. This is the first of a new series: presentations of operas that haven’t been performed in living memory; from which at most only a few extracts may have been recorded … Continue reading 100. Patrie! (Emile Paladilhe)

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)