Isaac Albeniz: Henry Clifford (1895)

Opera in three acts. Running Time: 2 hours 19 minutes. The first opera of Albeniz, this received five performances in the first half of May, 1895 before disappearing completely until 2002 when this recording was made. The initial run at the Liceu in Barcelona was actually of an Italian translation of the English libretto by […]

Andre Ernest Modeste Gretry: Guillaume Tell (1791)

Opera-comique en trois actes. Running Time: 1 hour 21 minutes. OperaScribe recently posted a review of this work and Gretry during the French Revolution available here. Before Rossini wrote his mammoth four hour long take on the Swiss legend, Gretry tried his hand at a much, much shorter version. Premiered at the height of the […]

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade (1906)

Opera in three acts. Running Time: 2 hours 25 minutes. Let me start by saying that I have already read the criticism this opera receives. Even Nielsen himself considered the last two acts to be suffering from debilitating structural issues which he fatefully never got around to fixing, but it is also the Danish national […]

Etienne Mehul: Uthal (1806)

Opera comique (seriously, it actually is!) in one act. Running Time: 1 hour. This post marks my 3rd year anniversary! Thank you to all readers! PHIL OF THE OPERA WORLD: Get ready to have your mind blown, somebody beat Weber to being Weber! French composer Mehul accomplishes this by using the violas, lots of violas, […]

Robert Schumann: Genoveva (1850)

Oratorio in four acts. Running Time: 2 hours 8 minutes. Genoveva is a work that must be understood within context, otherwise it makes little sense and will make you want to cut your own wrists out of sheer boredom. Written at the same time Wagner composed Lohengrin, (although no one of less stature than Wagner himself looked at […]