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Les Chevaliers de la Table ronde: 29, 30 and 31 December at the Théâtre de Caen

Les Chevaliers de la Table ronde (1866) by Hervé
Opéra-bouffe in three acts
Version for 13 singers and 12 instrumentalists

Les Chevaliers de la Table ronde (The Knights of the Round table) is the first of Hervé’s great operettas, with which he launched the cycle of his four masterpieces (followed by L’Œil crevé, Chilpéric and Le Petit Faust). Rather than narrating the well-known adventures of Lancelot and Merlin, the opera stages an imaginary world rich with allusions to an enchanted Middle Ages.

Mam'zelle Nitouche - Hervé
Mam’zelle Nitouche: from 14 to 20 December at the Théâtre Graslin (Nantes – France)

Mam’zelle Nitouche (1883) by Hervé
Vaudeville-opérette in three acts and four tableaux

Even though it is not Hervé’s final composition, Mam’zelle Nitouche may be regarded as his musical testament, or at least his crowning achievement. The work, whose subject was based on the composer’s own life – a convent organist becomes a man of the theatre and composer of light music once night has fallen – skilfully blends the comic tone of the post-1870 period (as found in Lecocq, in particular), the spirit of café-concert revues and the breathless rhythm of the spoken theatre inherited from Labiche.

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Mam'zelle Nitouche (1883) by Hervé - trailer
Phèdre (1786) by Jean-Baptiste LEMOYNE - trailer
Benjamin GODARD, Dante (1890) – “French opera”

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Dante - Benjamin Godard - opéra français
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“Opéra français” Palazzetto Bru Zane series (Ediciones Singulares) | 2 CDs | 2017 | Volume 16

RELEASE DATE: 20 OCTOBER 2017

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Antoine Reicha
Reicha rediscovered vol. 1

Chandos | 2017
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 2017

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Reicha: chamber music

Alpha Classics | 3 CDs | 2017
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 2017