GIACOMO MEYERBEER (1791-1864): Robert le Diable.

Catalogue Number: 04O036

Label: Brilliant Classics

Reference: 94604

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: When Googling reviews of recent performances of this opera and you run into the phrase "chorus of zombie nuns", how can you not dive right in? Based very loosely on a half-demonic figure of Norman legend, Meyerbeer's two main characters are echoes of Max and Caspar in Der Freisch├╝tz and the opera was designed to appeal to the afficionados of the supernatural who had just made Boieldieu's La dame blanche a great success. First produced in 1831, it secured Meyerbeer's success as one of the pre-eminent opera composers of his day. This is a brand-new recording, made live on March 23, 2012. Needless to say, there are inevitable cuts (3 hours and 3 minutes; it could run almost to 4 hours if done complete) which allow certain singers to escape a live performance with their lives. 3 CDs. Libretto available on-line. Bryan Hymel, Martial Defontaine (tenors), Carmen Giannattasio, Patrizia Ciofi (sopranos), Alastair Miles (bass), Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Salerno, Orchestra Filarmonica Salernitana "Giuseppe Verdi"; Daniel Oren.

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