Thursday’s Something Else (Meyerbeer)

tseTime 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.


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Mozart/Baroque loving red dragon

Posted on October 23, 2014, in french opera, thursday's something else and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It may be just me, but I’d love to know the reasoning between that association of religious / gender groups and voice registers. There’s a story there, I’m sure. Intrigued. 😉

    • Well, the mezzos one is obvious 😉 I’d have mezzos in all female roles of any opera 😉

      Catholics/ basses = basses tend to be the bad guys (Mefistofele) and in that instance the Catholics are definitely the bad guys. Basses are good at doing “menacing”.

      Huguenots/ countertenors = it’s their plight and they’re better at carrying the melody, which will then stay in the minds of the listeners and they’ll be on their side 😉

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