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Subject: French opera rarities
From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:03:37 -0400

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I have not listened to Lalo for a long time and appreciate the suggestion. Along these lines, what are listers' favorite semi-obscure (or completely obscure) nineteenth century French operas? (Probably anything by Meyerbeer still qualifies as semi-obscure--I'm not convinced the Meyerbeer revival has great legs). 

My own is Halevy's Clari, revived by Bartoli and others several years ago. I prefer it to La Juive, although history has so far deemed that a minority opinion.

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From: Discussion of opera and related issues [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Vesna Danilovic
Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:48 AM
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Subject: Re: Operas About Floods?

Meyerbeer and his librettists used the flood as a kind of deus ex machina in DINORAH, facilitating a transformation of the story toward a happy ending. My only acquaintance with this opera was Dinorah's "Ombre legere"
until Opera Rara issued their complete recording. Right after the scene with this famous 'shadow' aria, there is the flood in which Hoel rescues Dinorah from drowning, thus choosing love over his treasure-hunting greed, and, now reunited with her love, Dinorah is restored back to 'sanity' as well. The flood is not the main theme but nonetheless has more than just an episodic nature in the story.

Donald Kane and David Shengold already mentioned Lalo's LE ROI D'YS, which reminded me of the recording that I've just pulled off from my record shelf for a long overdue re-listening  this evening for and would heartily recommend it to all. It's a broadcast from 1973 with Alain Vanzo, Andrea Guiot, Jane Rhodes, Robert Massard, etc., Derveaux conducting. I have it on the Gala label that has a generous bonus of arias from the opera that were recorded in the interwar years by Vallin, Cernay, Vezzani, Rogatchewsky, d'Arkor, and others.


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