Fromental Halevy: La reine de Chypre (1841)

Please see my more recent revision of this review here.

3 responses to “Fromental Halevy: La reine de Chypre (1841)”

  1. Awesome site! I really like your write-ups of obscure, underloved operas – and your fondness for Meyerbeer!

    I was lucky enough to attend the concert in Paris last year. (I made it my excuse for flying from Australia.)
    Stunning, even though the poor tenor, Sébastien Droy, was inadequate. He was called in at the last moment after *both* the guy who was meant to sing it and his understudy fell sick. He only saw the score the morning of the performance; his voice gave out, and he fronted a hostile Paris public; and the press roasted him. Rumor has it Bru Zane will do a studio recording with another tenor. Gens was amazing; she and Niquet signed my programme. Afterwards, I went by metro to the Opéra, and stood in front of Halévy’s bust, paying my respects.

    Halévy is really a composer who needs to be rediscovered. Wagner admired him, as you say; Berlioz wrote glowing reviews of his operas; and Théophile Gautier hailed “Le juif errant” as a major philosophical work. “La juive” sits firmly in my top ten, and – cut, and in rough sound as they are – there’s much to admire in both “Charles VI” and “La magicienne”.


    1. Thank you so much for being the first person to comment at Phil’s Opera World! I am always looking for suggestions of operas to review for the blog and around two years ago I listened to both of the Halevy operas you referenced at the end of your post, so I do know where to find them again. Perhaps some more Halevy will be in the works then! Again, thank you so much for commenting and I encourage all my viewers to do the same!

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  2. Phil:

    When are you going to review this again – with tenor? And a recording with adequate sound?


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