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"Béatrice et Bénédict" premieres on August 9, 1862
Created by Jaclyn Rosansky on 24 Jul 2019

French composer Hector Berlioz conducted his opera "Béatrice et Bénédict" for its premiere at the Theater Baden-Baden on this day in 1862. It was based on the Shakespearen comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” and includes two acts. This opera is ...

Happy Birthday to Charles Gounod!
Created by David Vaughn on 17 Jun 2019

Happy 201st birthday to French composer Charles Gounod! Celebrate his life and accomplishments with this 2012 Nimbus release of the ballet music from his opera 'Faust,' performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by the late Yondani Butt.

Alzira, a Rarity by Giuseppe Verdi
Created by Amy Shaw on 05 Aug 2019

On August 12, 1845, the first performance of Giuseppe Verdi's (1813-1901) Alzira premieres at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. The opera, which contains a prologue and two acts, is after the 1736 play Alzire, ou les Américains, by French ...