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Composer: Meyerbeer, Giacomo (1791-1864)

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Year of birth1791
Year of death1864
February 2018
Evening performance
Matinee performance
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Frankfurt am MainVasco da GamaNew production

Meyerbeer: Vasco da Gama
Antonello Manacorda; Tobias Kratzer; Oper Frankfurt; Rainer Sellmaier; Michael Spyres; Andreas Bauer

ParisLes HuguenotsNew production

Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots
Michele Mariotti; Andreas Kriegenburg; Opéra de Paris; Łukasz Borowicz; Harald Thor; Tanja Hofmann; Diana Damrau
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A wing and a prayer: Le Prophète

Noel Bouley (Mathisen), Gregory Kunde (Jean), Derek Welton (Zacharie), Clémentine Margaine (Fidès) © Bettina Stöß
Oliver Py's new Meyerbeer staging offers plenty of clichés, but is a solid show, backed up by a fine musical performance.
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Les Huguenots at Hungarian State Opera

Oliver von Dohnányi leads a great orchestral performance to drive Meyerbeer's grand historical epic, lit up by sparkling coloratura from Klára Kolonits.
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An updated Margherita d'Anjou in Martina Franca

Margherita d'Anjou © Paolo Conserva
The performance of Margherita d’Anjou seen at the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca was the first staged in modern times.
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El-Khoury and Spyres celebrate French stars

Michael Spyres and Joyce El-Khoury in Les Martyrs © Russell Duncan (2014)
Rare repertoire, polished orchestral playing, thrilling singing – it's no wonder London's operatic cognoscenti were out in force.
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Grand opéra, grand singing: Les Huguenots

Derek Welton, Patrizia Ciofi, Irene Roberts, Olesya Golovneva and Marc Barrard © Bettina Stöss
Meyerbeer's little performed work is given an enthusiastic rendering, with star singing from a big cast led by Flórez, Ciofi and Jerkunica. David Alden's quality Personenregie makes up for some unconvincing setting choices.
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