11 Apr 2011

Le Freischütz, Opéra Comique, Paris


By Francis Carlin [Financial Times, 11 April 2011]
When the Paris Opera decided to put on Weber’s Der Freischütz in 1841, it commissioned Berlioz to write the recitatives to replace the original spoken dialogue. He agreed but reluctantly; an outspoken critic of meddling with a composer’s intentions, he knew that if he refused, somebody with less respect for Weber would volunteer.