Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Essential Opera - Reading Together - Part 6

Last week we focused on Italian opera, and this week we're looking at French opera. Some of the most famous French opera composers are Rameau, Berlioz, Bizet, Debussy, Poulenc, and Messiaen. French operas have also been written by non-French composers, including Gluck, Cherubini, Rossini, Meyerbeer, Offenbach, and Verdi.

"French opera began at the court of Louis XIV of France with Jean-Baptiste Lully's Cadmus et Hermione (1673), although there had been various experiments with the form before that, most notably Pomone by Robert Cambert."

Some of the most famous French operas:
- Guillaume Tell by Rossini
- Les Troyens by Berlioz
- Orphee aux enfers by Offenbach
- Faust by Gounod
- Carmen by Bizet
- Pelléas et Mélisande by Debussy

What's your favorite French opera?
Leave your comments and impressions below. And, don't forget to read the seventh installment for next week.

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