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Articles tagged with "French Revolution"

Andrea Chénier Musical Highlight – The Act III Trial Scene

19 January 2015

Giordano's music has a cinematic sweep in his depiction of the riotous trial where his hero is unjustly sentenced to death.

Opera Essentials: Andrea Chénier

7 January 2015

Our quick guide to Umberto Giordano's passionate tale of love and loss in the French Revolution.

Opera in the Real World: The historical figures behind some of opera's greatest characters

5 January 2015

Composers have often looked to the real world for operatic inspiration – though their real-life subjects often undergo some operatization on their way to the stage.

Opera Essentials: Dialogues des Carmélites

22 May 2014

A quick guide to Poulenc's powerful opera.

The true story behind Dialogues des Carmélites: The execution of the nuns of Compiègne

16 May 2014

The true story that inspired Poulenc’s French Revolution-set opera.