During the 19th century the road to success for French composers ran through the doors of the Paris Opera. A triumphant premiere there would assure one of a lifetime of celebrity and commissions. Many major composers like Bizet, Debussy, Dukas, Faure and Lalo failed to have premieres at L’Opera. Berlioz had only one chance. Early in his career “Benvenuto Cellini” received just four performances. After them the hallowed portals remained closed to him for the rest of his life. That is not a reason to neglect his operatic output. Jeffrey Engel will focus on the operatic side of this important symphonist and play excerpts from his oeuvre.
This is a four part series taking place on Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 14, and Dec. 5. Join us when you can! You must provide your email address at registration to receive the Zoom link. Your Registration Confirmation Notice includes the Zoom link for the program. This program may be recorded. If special accommodations are required, please contact the library at least one week prior to the event.