This post is simulcast from my blog “The Annals of Opera”.
Today, I’m continuing my exploration of my favourite operas of the last 400 years. In my first post, I looked at the early greats, now we move into the bracing 19th century.
The delight of opera, of soaring music from all points of the orchestra, characters battered by fate and love expressing their passion in powerful vocal writing, combined with theatre, art, dance, and spectacle. To those of us raised on 20th century postmodernism and deconstructionism, much of the 19th century’s output can look a bit crazy, but there was plenty of fun to be had.