Jules Massenet – La Navarraise

Épisode lyrique in two acts. Libretto by Jules Claretie and Henri Cain after La Cigarette, a short story by Jules Claretie. First performed at Covent Garden, London, 20 June 1894 The action takes place in the village square of a small village outside Bilbao during the second Carlist war (more of a local Catalonian rebellion […]

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Jules Massenet – Hérodiade

Opéra in four acts and seven scenes. Libretto by Paul Milliet and ‘Henri Grémont’ (Georges Hartmann), developed from an original Italian text by Angelo Zanardini, based on the short story Herodias by Gustave Flaubert. First performed at the Théâtre de La Monnaie, Brussels, on 19 December 1881 Although Hérodiade tells the same story of Salome […]

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Jules Massenet – Werther

Libretto by Edouard Blau, Paul Milliet and Georges Hartmann. Based on Goethe’s novel Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (‘The Sorrows of Young Werther’) of 1774. First performed at the Vienna Opera, 16 February 1892 [First of all, so that there can be no doubt about it, a note about pronunciation.  Goethe’s story was written in […]

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