Fromental Halevy: La reine de Chypre (1841)

Grand Opera en cinq actes. Running Time: 2 hours 35 minutes. This is another of my re-reviews as OperaScribe has been asking me for years to review the new Bru Zane release which won the Gramophone Award in 2019. This is one of those operas which has vocal casting to die for. According to Wikipedia, there are […]

Ludwig von Beethoven: Leonore (1805)

Singspiel in three acts. Running time: 2 hours 36 minutes. Ludwig von Beethoven, the only time he gets to be on this site (and does not care).  Having little else to do, seeing that the planet is currently at a standstill and we are all on lockdown, I decided to compose a response to the […]

Vincenzo Bellini: I Puritani (Malibran Version)

Opera in three acts. Running Time: 2 hours 39 minutes. I am on a Bellini fix right now. Please humor me with any comments. The primary differences between this and the original are that Elvira is scored lower (mezzo range, especially in the second act) and Riccardo is pitched for tenor rather than baritone. Although […]

Antonin Dvorak: Alfred (1870)

Opera in three acts and seven scenes. Running Time: 2 hours 5 minutes. Dvorak, that most nationalist of Czech composers, wrote his first opera to a German-language libretto which had earlier been set by Friedrich von Flotow. It would not be performed until 34 years after his death, in December 1938. The principle influences on […]

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, […]