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In the spotlight

On that day 03 March

Carmen (Meilhac & L. Halévy / Bizet)

Works

Carmen

In 1875, after the première of Carmen on 3 March, Bizet's heroine was dismissed as a woman who has “sunk to the sewers of society”, a “veritable prostitute of the gutter and the street-corner” (Achill...

Stradella (Deschamps & Pacini / Niedermeyer)

Works

Stradella

Niedermeyer’s third opera reveals the fascination exerted by Alessandro Stradella during the Romantic era. Interest in this composer had grown after Fétis included—in one of his historic concerts (183...

Mesdames de la Halle (Lapointe / Offenbach)

Works

Mesdames de la Halle

Although previously Offenbach had been forced to make do with writing works for just three then four characters, Mesdames de la Halle gave him his first opportunity to compose an ambitious work with c...

BRUNEAU Alfred

Persons

Alfred BRUNEAU

The son of a music publisher, Alfred Bruneau did extremely well at the Conservatoire de Paris. He won a premier prix on the cello in 1876 and studied composition under Massenet, receiving second prize...

NOURRIT Adolphe

Persons

Adolphe NOURRIT

Ténor français

CUERS René de

Persons

René de CUERS

Journaliste à La Nouvelle Revue et au Figaro. Homme de lettres.

LACOME Paul

Persons

Paul LACOME

Compositeur et critique musical français. Prend le nom de Lacome d'Estalenx à partir de 1870.

PACARY Lina

Persons

Lina PACARY

Soprano

Persons

Jean GASCOGNE

Avocat et auteur dramatique

Persons

comte de LAGARDE

Parolier. Signe "Comte de Lagarde"

POUJADE Lucien

Persons

Lucien POUJADE

Compositeur, chef d'orchestre et violoniste.

Focus

Romantic Harp

In early nineteenth-century France, the harp was a very modern instrument, replacing the “baroque” harpsichord and competing with the pianoforte in a quest for “classical” expression.

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