15 Jun 2011

Les Huguenots, La Monnaie, Brussels


By Francis Carlin [Financial Times, 15 June 2011]
Meyerbeer’s grand French operas were very much creatures of their time, bloated extravaganzas that needed the considerable resources of the Paris Opera to work. If they are so rarely performed today, it has nothing to do with a cabal manoeuvring behind the scenes as so many of his fans claim, but because they are too demanding and overlong.