59. Les Troyens (Hector Berlioz)

Poëme lyrique in 5 acts Composer & librettist: Hector Berlioz, after books II & IV of Virgil’s Æneid Composed 1856-1858. First performed: Acts III-V (with cuts), as Les Troyens à Carthage, Théâtre Lyrique, Paris, 4 November 1863.  Concert performances of Acts I-II (La prise de Troie), Paris, 7 December 1879.  First staged performance: Karlsruhe, Germany, 1890. Dossier   … Continue reading 59. Les Troyens (Hector Berlioz)

36. Richard Cœur de Lion (André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry)

Comédie in 3 acts, in prose, mixed with ariettes By André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry Libretto: Michel-Jean Sedaine First performed: Opéra-Comique (1re salle Favart), 21 October 1784 Dossier Richard Cœur-de-lion (Richard the Lionheart, for Anglophones) is a rarity today, but was one of the classics of French opera, by one of the most celebrated opera composers of his … Continue reading 36. Richard Cœur de Lion (André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry)

29. Carmen – Georges Bizet

CARMEN Opéra-comique in 4 acts By Georges Bizet Libretto: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, after Prosper Mérimée’s novella Carmen (1845) First performed: Opéra-Comique, Paris, 3 March 1875 Reception: Disastrous.  Now the third most popular opera in the world. Dossier (characters, musical structure). Contemporary reviews. CHARACTERS Carmen, gypsy (mezzo-soprano) Don José, brigadier (tenor) Escamillo, toreador (bass-baritone) Micaëla, peasant … Continue reading 29. Carmen – Georges Bizet