The city-funded ThÈ‚tre du Ch‚telet, an operatic David to Paris Operaís Goliath, managed to make the biggest artistic splash of the new season. Richard Wagnerís Die Walk¸re, which opened October 21, following Das Rheingold by two days, was generally well cast, surely conducted and, as staged by Robert Wilson, brimming with theatrical interest. The two final operas will follow in November/December with two complete cycles offered in April.
Naxos is perhaps the only significant major label regularly releasing complete opera sets. A few have won widespread praise, and certainly the prices, at super-budget level, make them attractive to both first-time buyers and those whose collections scarcely justify an additional set.
This book examines two of the more interesting musical pieces of the Romantic movement: Romeo et Juliette (1839) and La damnation de Faust (1846). Both were composed by Hector Berlioz (1803-69), and were very much constructed in a Gesamtkunstwerk mode where literature, music, and the other arts are fused together in a hybrid style that defies genre and categorization.
No opera history is complete without mentioning that Auberís La Muette de Portici caused Belgiumís revolution against Holland in 1830. As a historian I know there are three falsehoods in that one small sentence.