By Henry W. Simon
A useful advisor for either informal opera fanatics and afficionados, this quantity comprises act-by-act descriptions of operatic works starting from the early 17th century masterworks of Monteverdi and Purcell to the trendy classics of Menotti and Britten. Written in a full of life anecdotal type, entries contain personality descriptions, old history, and masses extra.
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But scarcely has the dancing begun when a chorus of paupers enters the room led by Gérard, who vigorously denounces his employers and symbolically tears the livery off his old father’s back. Quickly he and the paupers are hustled out, and Chénier follows them. Then, when peace and propriety are once more restored, the dancing can begin again. The aristocrats have clearly failed to see the handwriting on the wall. ACT II Several years have passed: the Bastille has been taken, and the revolution rules.
The Grand Inquisitor is scornfully opposed to any further such waste of money and effort; Don Pedro, claiming the King’s backing, argues for an effort to find the remains of the Diaz company; and Don Alvar, one of the younger councilors, creates a sensation by reporting that a member of that company waits without. This survivor turns out to be the intrepid young Vasco da Gama, who demands that he be allowed to lead an expedition for the honor of Portugal. The argument continues, with the negative approach of the Grand Inquisitor about to get the upper hand when Vasco plays his trump cards.
L’AFRICAINE (The African Maid) Opera in five acts by Giacomo Meyerbeer with libretto in French by Eugène Scribe. Often sung in Italian as L’Africana. DON PEDRO, President of the Royal Council Bass DON ALVAR, member of the Council Tenor DON DIEGO, another Bass INEZ, his daughter Soprano ANNA, her attendant Mezzo-soprano VASCO DA GAMA, an officer in the Portuguese Navy Tenor SELIKA, an Indian slave Soprano NELUSKO, another Baritone THE GRAND INQUISITOR Bass THE HIGH PRIEST OF BRAHMA Baritone Time: about 1500 Places: Lisbon, Hindustan, and the oceans between First performance at Paris, April 28, 1865 Every once in a while in the history of opera there comes a composer whose work seems to dominate the whole repertoire.
100 Great Operas And Their Stories: Act-By-Act Synopses by Henry W. Simon