2 Bouffes en 1 acte: 11 and 12 January in Venice

Les Deux Aveugles (1855) by Offenbach
Le Compositeur toqué (1854) by Hervé

It might be hard to believe that one-act operas and operettas represent almost two-thirds of the repertory of French musical theatre in the Romantic period, so rarely are they performed nowadays. These pieces, intended for the use of small theatres with often limited financial resources, were subject to the proscriptions of a law of 1807: no more than two or three characters on stage, no chorus, no ballet . . . But Hervé and Offenbach – past masters in the art of getting round prohibitive regulations – managed to make the most of these limitations by getting the audience to imagine what they could not show.

Le Tribut de Zamora - Gounod
The Resurrection of Le Tribut de Zamora by Charles Gounod

28 January 2018 – Prinzregententheater, Munich

The Münchner Rundfunkorchester and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, under the direction of Hervé Niquet, will revive Gounod’s last opera, Le Tribut de Zamora. This veritable epic typical of the tradition of French grand opéra sweeps the spectator off on a journey through the history of tenth-century Spain and enables the composer to enlarge his palette. This modern premiere of the work in concert will also be recorded for a world premiere release in the ‘French Opera’ series of CD-books.

Video Gallery

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

Latest CD released

Couverture Charles Gounod, Mémoires d'un artiste
Charles Gounod, Mémoires d’un artiste

Series: Actes Sud / Palazzetto Bru Zane
368 pages | ISBN 978-2-330-09280-1 | 2018

Cover CD-book - Prix de Rome Charles Gounod
Charles Gounod
Cantatas and sacred music

‘Prix de Rome’ Palazzetto Bru Zane series (Ediciones Singulares) | 2 CDs | 2018 | Volume 6


Cover Meyerbeer Damrau
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Grand Opera

Erato | 2017