Thursday’s Something Else (Meyerbeer)
Time for some grand opera: Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots. This chap must’ve been really famous for something. It’s not bad, it’s rather neat. But did that story really need 5 acts?
What I’d like is for a contemporary composer to write something truly gory (a la The Minotaur) on the subject of the Day of St. Bartholomew’s massacre (3 acts at most). Catholics = basses, Huguenots = countertenors, all women = mezzos.