Felicien David: Herculanum (1859)

Grand Opera en quatre actes (first very long). Running Time: 2 hours 6 minutes. So something very different, an occultist grand opera with a final volcanic explosion and the deaths of literally all of the characters (except Satan: see below)! It isn’t nearly as interesting as it sounds, Bru Zane isn’t able to salvage everything! SETTING: The […]

Charles Gounod: Mireille (1864)

Opera en cinq actes et sept tableaux. Running Time: 2 hours 25 minutes. I first saw this opera when I was in Paris in September, 2009. My father fell asleep in the between the fourth and fifth acts. I stayed awake for the whole thing, although he did comment on how the Palais Garner brought […]

Carl Maria von Weber/Hector Berlioz: Le Freyschutz (1841)

Opera romantique en trois actes. Running Time: 2 hours 9 minutes. This is not the singspiel that started it all, although it has basically the same plot, overture, and musical numbers. Berlioz’s 1841 revision of Weber’s score, translated into French with sung recitatives replacing the original spoken dialogue, is not quite the same, for instance […]