GIACOMO MEYERBEER (1791-1864): L’Étoile du Nord.
Catalogue Number: 05X028
Format: CD reissue
Description: After composing a spectacular series of grand operas for the Paris Opéra, Meyerbeer turned to two comic operas with spoken dialogue. One of these was ‘The North Star’ which is strictly an opéra de demi-caractère, containing both comic and serious elements. This fusion was one of Meyerbeer’s most important contributions to the development of grand opera. The plot is a peculiar mixture of village wooing and military life, with music that is full of color, featuring superb choruses and exceptional orchestration. This 1996 Wexford Festival Opera production features a dazzling young cast under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski. 3 CDs. Libretto and translation available online. Elizabeth Futral (soprano), Vladimir Ognev (bass), Aled Hall (tenor), Christopher Maltman (baritone), Wexford Festival Opera Chorus, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland; Vladimir Jurkowski. Original 1997 Marco Polo release.