Gretry - Raoul Barbe-bleue

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Gretry - Raoul Barbe-bleue

Martin Wahlberg, Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Francois Rougier, Matthieu Lecroart, Manuel Nu...

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The splendidly named André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry is best known to opera buffs as a leading figure in the development of the French opéra comique. Born in 1741 in Liège of Walloon heritage, he studied in Rome before settling in Paris. A political pragmatist, he successfully straddled the dying years of the ancien régime, the revolutionary period, and the dawning of the Napoleonic era. He combined a gift for memorable melodies with sensitive setting of the French language while, crucially, expanding the expressive range of a genre defined by the ... read more

The splendidly named André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry is best known to opera buffs as a leading figure in the development of the French opéra comique. Born in 1741 in Liège of Walloon heritage, he studied in Rome before settling in Paris. A political prag... read more

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