What the devil? Royal Opera stages Meyerbeer rarity

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In addition to this informative article, there are 2 important points to make here:

1. Meyerbeer’s fall from grace and Wagner’s hate for his former benefector were publicly driven by antisemitism (Wagner’s ‘Das Judentum in der Musik’ takes Meyerbeer as the unnamed but clear target for attack). It is also very likely that composers like Wagner and Schumann were also driven by jealousy, given there own lack of success in the genre of opera (for Wagner that of course changed dramatically during his life, for Schumann it did not). It is also not a coincidence that Meyerbeer’s work’s disappeared completely from European staged after 1933.
2. The musical score of Robert le Diable is a very subtle piece indeed. It is balanced and carefully constructed and musically extremely well tailored to the story, to characterization of situations and persons and with the creation of effects. Laurent Pelly surely knows that. Perhaps what he meant to say was that Meyerbeer’s music is very direct in it’s language, it comes right to the heart of the emotional and philosophical matter. But that befits these rabble rousers perfectly.

Dec 06, 2012 2:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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