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Condé, Gérard – Cinq-Mars, a total rediscovery




Léon Carvalho, who took over at the Opéra-Comique in September 1876, had already given the premieres of Faust, Mireille and Roméo et Juliette as director of the Théâtre-Lyrique, so it was almost instinctively that he turned to Gounod, who set to work at once. Written in three months, completed early in January, Cinq-Mars was performed on 5 April 1877. Alfred de Vigny’s historical novel, published in 1826, had already inspired Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges to write a libretto, which had been turned down by Meyerbeer in 1837.

From the CD-Book Cinq-Mars de Gounod (Palazzetto Bru Zane, collection Opéra français, 2016). Translation: Charles Johnston.