24. Béatrice et Bénédict (Hector Berlioz)

Opéra-comique in 2 acts Music and libretto by Hector Berlioz, after Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing First performed: Theater Baden-Baden, Germany, 9 August 1862 STORY BÉATRICE, Léonato’s niece (mezzo-soprano) HÉRO, Léonato’s daughter (soprano) URSULE, Héro’s maid in waiting (contralto) BÉNÉDICT, Sicilian officer, Claudio’s friend (tenor) CLAUDIO, Don Pedro’s aide de campe (baritone) DON PÉDRO, Sicilian … Continue reading 24. Béatrice et Bénédict (Hector Berlioz)

23. Tromb-al-ca-zar (Jacques Offenbach)

TROMB-AL-CA-ZAR, OU LES CRIMINELS DRAMATIQUESBouffonnerie musicale in 1 actBy Jacques OffenbachLibretto: Charles-Désiré Dupeuty & Ernest BourgetFirst performed : Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, 3 April 1856STORYIGNACE (bass)BEAUJOLAIS (tenor)VERT-PANNÉ (baritone)GIGOLETTE (soprano)SETTING: An inn on the coast near Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Basses-Pyrénées, France.Libretto (in French).COMMENTARYThe prolific Offenbach wrote nearly 60 operas for the Bouffes-Parisiens, the small theatre he founded in 1855 to perform opéra bouffe and … Continue reading 23. Tromb-al-ca-zar (Jacques Offenbach)

17. Les contes d’Hoffmann (Jacques Offenbach)

LES CONTES D’HOFFMANNBy Jacques OffenbachOpéra in a prologue, 3 acts, and an epilogueLibretto: Jules Barbier, after Barbier and Michel Carré’s play Les Contes d’Hoffmann (1851), based on Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann’s “Der Sandmann” (“The Sandman”), “Rath Krespel” (“Councillor Krespel” / “The Cremona Violin”), and “Das verlorene Spiegelbild” (“The Lost Reflection”).Offenbach's last opera.  There is no fixed score, … Continue reading 17. Les contes d’Hoffmann (Jacques Offenbach)