Monday, June 5, 2017
Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry, L'epreuve villageoise, Opera Lafayette
In truth this is a great example of how the best of the French school can be lighter than air, extraordinarily tuneful yet in no way insubstantial. A listen or two illuminates exactly how the opera delighted audiences the world over in the century between 1784-1884. It still has the power to charm, as Opera Lafayette show so convincingly.
Here is an opera that has the catchy accessibility of Rossini, yet a French lyrical dynamic at its core.
It is a beauty. And it has the Naxos price and quality. Take the jump if you want to explore a forgotten gem.