GIACOMO MEYERBEER (1791-1864): Robert le Diable.
Catalogue Number: 04O036
Label: Brilliant Classics
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 Freischütz 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.