Meyerbeer

Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Meyerbeer’s ‘L’Africaine’
Meyerbeer’s “L’Africaine,” or “Vasco da Gama” has never quite established its foothold in the operatic canon. Despite being one of the composer’s most mature operas, the work, which premiered on April 28, 1865 is so massive that it has often been cut down in modern performances to accommodate its running time. The work has seen champions in the likes of Plácido Domingo and Enrico Caruso, but not enough to sustain…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Meyerbeer’s Masterpiece ‘Le Prophète’
Of all of Meyerbeer’s greatest opera, “Le Prophète” likely reigns supreme above them all. The opera, which had its world premiere in Paris on April 16, 1849, features the richest and most complex characters of the composer’s oeuvre. While the work has never had the prominence of “Robert le Diable” or “Les Huguenots,” it is bound for a major revival with the ongoing Meyerbeer renaissance underway. Short Plot Summary Berthe…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Meyerbeer’s ‘Les Huguenots’
First premiering in Paris in 1836, “Les Huguenots” is based on the historical events of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of 1572, wherein thousands of French Protestants, called Huguenots, were wiped out by Catholics in an effort to maintain Catholic dominance. The composition of this work follows shortly after the great success enjoyed by “Robert le Diable” and so Meyerbeer would continue with many of the elements that would comprise…
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CD / DVD Releases – Week of Feb. 5: Meyerbeer & Rossini Rarities Get New Recordings
It’s week of rarities with two rarely performed works getting new recordings. Here is a look! Margherita d'Anjou Meyerbeer's little-known work gets a DVD by Dynamic from last year's Festival della Valle d'Itria. The production was conducted by Fabio Luisi stars Giulia de Blasis and Arcangelo Carbotti. When OperaWire reviewed the show last year it said: "Certainly, it was a well-performed showcase, containing some beautiful musical episodes." The opera will first…
High Notes On This Day
3 Rare Operas that June Anderson Championed In Her Career
June Anderson, born on December 30, 1952, authored one of the unique opera careers of the 20th century. The lyric soprano seemed destined for the path often taken, but wound up moving in diverse directions with regards to repertoire. This very aspect was revealed in her becoming the first non-Italian to ever win the prestigious Bellini d’Oro Prize. She sang at many of the famous opera houses throughout her career,…
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How Eugène Scribe’s Genius Shaped Meyerbeer’s Greatest Operas
Everyone knows the composer. Verdi’s “Otello.” Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.” Etc. But few pay attention to the writer, the person who actually provides these great geniuses with the text for their music. Eugene Scribe, born on Dec. 24, 1791, is one of the most notable librettist in all of opera, and yet he doesn’t quite come up in conversations as often as one might expect. Of course he was…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Meyerbeer’s “Robert le Diable”
Giacomo Meyerbeer's “Robert le Diable” premiered on November 21, 1831, and is among the first of the grand operas performed at the Paris Opera. Based on tales surrounding Robert the Magnificent, duke of Normandy, which claimed he was the son of the devil, the opera’s supernatural plot and dramatic impact made it an instant success. It had over 100 performances in Paris by April of 1934. Among the many who…
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4 Operas By Meyerbeer You Must Listen To
These days Giacomo Meyerbeer is not the most well-known of opera composers. It is actually quite a sad statement to make as the composer, born on Sept. 5, 1791, was arguably the Steven Spielberg of his day. His operas were the toast of the town in Paris, known for their tremendous showmanship and memorable music. To be Meyerbeer was the dream of many opera composers, including Verdi and Wagner. The…
In Review Stage Reviews
Festival della Valle d’Itria Review 2017 – Margherita d’Anjou: Director Shifts Plot From 15th Century to Reality TV Setting… And It Works
Martina Franca, situated in Puglia in south east Italy, is home to the annual Festival della Valle d’Itria, which is largely, although not exclusively, devoted to the presentation of obscure, neglected, and rarely-performed operas. Its stated mission is “dedicated to researching and deepening our knowledge of Italian bel canto," and it is in this light that it selects operas and other musical offerings for performance. Venues are scattered throughout the…
Interviews Stage Spotlight
A Dream Come True – How Diana Damrau Fell in Love With The Music of Meyerbeer
Diana Damrau’s “Grand Opera” album dedicated to Giacomo Meyerbeer was always meant to be. From her very first encounter with the famed German composer to her first meeting with Alain Lanceron, the global president of Warner Classics & Erato, the soprano was always going to develop a strong association with Meyerbeer. It just took a long time and a lot of obstacles to get there. The Dream is Born The…