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GIACOMO MEYERBEER  

(1791 - 1864)

Born near Berlin in the year of Mozart’s death into a family with cultured interests, Meyerbeer was a pupil of Abt Vogler and near contemporary of his fellow pupil Weber. He made his career in Paris, where he became the most important composer of French grand opera. But he still retained wide cosmopolitan connections, in particular serving as Generalmusikdirektor from 1842 under King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia, in whose service he continued after a resignation from his original position in 1848. Meyerbeer was a man of independent means, which enabled him to exercise considerable care over the composition of operas and the choice of appropriate singers, and some control over the press.

Operas

Meyerbeer won his first great success at the Paris Opéra in 1831 with Robert le diable (‘Robert the Devil’). This was followed by Les Huguenots, Le Prophète and finally by L’Africaine, all three with texts by the famous librettist Eugène Scribe. The last of these grand operas was staged in Paris in 1865, the year after the composer’s death. Constant Lambert’s 1937 ballet score Les Patineurs (‘The Skaters’) was arranged from two of Meyerbeer’s operas, Le Prophète and the earlier L’Étoile du Nord (‘The North Star’)—this last a fictional and romantic account of the marriage of Peter the Great, replete with a mad scene for the heroine.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
100 FAMOUS MARCHES Altissimo
75442201072
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
25 FAMOUS MARCHES, Vol. 3 Altissimo
75442255382
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
BJORLING, Jussi: Bjorling Collection, Vol. 3: Opera Arias and Duets (1936-1944) Naxos Historical
8.110754
Opera
CARUSO, Enrico: Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 (1903-1906) Naxos Historical
8.110704
Opera
CARUSO, Enrico: Complete Recordings, Vol. 3 (1906-1908) Naxos Historical
8.110708
Opera
CARUSO, Enrico: Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 (1908-1910) Naxos Historical
8.110719
Opera
CARUSO, Enrico: Complete Recordings, Vol. 12 (1902-1920) Naxos Historical
8.110753
Opera
CHALIAPIN, Feodor: A Vocal Portrait (1907-1936) Naxos Historical
8.110748-49
Opera
Date with the Devil (Samuel Ramey) Naxos
8.555355
Opera
DOMINGO, Placido - MEYERBEER, G.: L'Africaine / PONCHIELLI, A.: La Gioconda / SAINT-SAENS, C.: Samson et Dalila (PAL/NTSC) (Box Set) Arthaus Musik
107511
Opera DVD
GIGLI, Beniamino: Gigli Edition, Vol. 3: Camden and New York Recordings (1923-1925) Naxos Historical
8.110264
Opera
GIGLI, Beniamino: Gigli Edition, Vol. 5: New York Recordings (1927-1928) Naxos Historical
8.110266
Opera
GIGLI, Beniamino: Gigli Edition, Vol. 15: Carnegie Hall Farewell Recitals (1955) Naxos Historical
8.111104
Opera
LANZA, Mario: Mario Lanza (1949-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120547
Nostalgia
Majestic Marches Naxos
8.550370
Orchestral
Marches and Military Music – BERGWITZ-GOFFENG, H. / FREDERICK II / WEBER, C.M. von / BEETHOVEN, L. van / SPONTINI, G. / RIOTTE, P.J. (Richter) Capriccio
C10186
Orchestral
MARTINIA FRANCA FESTIVAL - 30TH ANNIVERSARY Dynamic
CDS448
Opera
MEYERBEER, G.: Africaine (L') (San Francisco Opera, 1988) (Blu-ray Video with Hi-Res Audio) Arthaus Musik
109181
Opera DVD
MEYERBEER, G.: Ballet Music from the Operas (Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Nesterowicz) Naxos
8.573076
Orchestral
MEYERBEER, G.: Crociato in Egitto (Il) (Maniaci, Ciofi, Vinco, Zennaro, Pasini, Teatro la Fenice, Villaume) Naxos
8.660245-47
Opera
MEYERBEER, G.: Hugenotten (Die) (Les Huguenots) (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1991) (Sung in German) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Arthaus Musik
108084
Opera DVD
MEYERBEER, G.: Hugenotten (Die) (Les Huguenots) (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1991) (Sung in German) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102302
Opera DVD
MEYERBEER, G.: Huguenots (Les) (Opera Australia, 1990) (Joan Sutherland Collection) EPC Distribution
OPOZ56007CD
Opera
MEYERBEER, G.: Huguenots (Les) (Opera Australia, 1990) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAF4024D
Opera DVD
MEYERBEER, G.: Huguenots (Les) [Opera] (Allain) (1953) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81004-05
Opera
MEYERBEER, G.: Huguenotten (Die) (Les Huguenots) (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1991) (Sung in German) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100157
Opera DVD
MEYERBEER, G.: Huguenotten (Die) (Les Huguenots) (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1991) (Sung in German) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100156
Opera DVD
MEYERBEER, G.: Overtures and Entr'actes from the French Operas (New Zealand Symphony, Darrell Ang) Naxos
8.573195
Orchestral
MEYERBEER, G.: Robert le diable (Royal Opera House, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7121D
Opera DVD
MEYERBEER, G.: Robert le diable (Royal Opera House, 2012) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1106D
Opera DVD
MEYERBEER, G.: Songs (Rotem, Zak) Naxos
8.572367
Vocal
MEYERBEER: Etoile du Nord (L') Marco Polo
8.223829-31
Orchestral
MEYERBEER: Huguenots (Les) Dynamic
CDS422
Opera
MEYERBEER: Robert le diable Dynamic
CDS368
Opera
MEYERBEER: Semiramide Naxos
8.660205-06
Opera
MEYERBEER: Semiramide riconosciuta Dynamic
CDS533
Opera
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - GERMANY (Majestic Marches): A Musical Visit to Kulmbach and the Tin Soldier Museum (NTSC) Naxos
2.110305
Classical Concert
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - PARIS: A Musical Tour of Paris, Chantilly, Versailles and Chartres (NTSC) Naxos
2.110506
Classical Concert
NATIONAL CONCERT BAND OF AMERICA: Heritage of the March, Vol. 70 (The Music of Orsomando and Others) The Robert Hoe Collection
75442203692
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Opera Arias - SALIERI, A. / MEYERBEER, G. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / MASSENET, J. / LALO, E. (Bellissimo: French Opera) Dynamic
CDS719
Opera
Opera Arias (Bass): Hawlata, Franz - GOUNOD, C.-F. / SPOHR, L. / SCHUMANN, R. / MEYERBEER, G. / MUSSORGSKY, M.P. / BOITO, A. Capriccio
C10878
Opera
Opera Arias (Coloratura): Dilber - BELLINI, V. / VERDI, G. / MEYERBEER, G. / DELIBES, L. / DONIZETTI, G. / STRAUSS II, J. / STRAUSS, R. Ondine
ODE768-2
Opera
Opera Arias (Contralto): Schumann-Heink, Ernestine - MEHRKENS, A. / ARDITI, L. / SCHUBERT, F. / WAGNER, R. / MEYERBEER, G. (1900-1935) Delos
DE5503
Opera
Opera Arias (Soprano): Ciofi, Patrizia - TRAETTA, T. / MEYERBEER, G. / ROSSINI, G. / DONIZETTI, G. / PICCINNI, N. / MASSENET, J. / VERDI, G. Dynamic
CDS603
Opera
PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings, Vol. 2 (1923-1929) Naxos Historical
8.111139
Opera
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Schoepper, Vol. 14 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442262812
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
ROSSINI: Turco in Italia (Il) (Callas, Rossi-Lemeni, Gavazzeni) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111028-29
Opera
SCHMIDT, Joseph: Arias and Songs (1929-36) Naxos Historical
8.111318-19
Opera
SIEPI, Cesare: Great Operatic Arias (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80002
Opera
STUPENDA (LA) - The Glory of Joan Sutherland (Opera Australia, 1977-1990) (6 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAF4029D
Opera DVD
Vocal Recital - Persson, Miah - DONIZETTI, G. / GOUNOD, C. / BELLINI, V. / BIZET, G. / DELIBES, L. / MEYERBEER, G. (Sempre Libera) BIS
BIS-2112
Opera
Vocal Recital: Perry, Janet - MOZART, W.A. / STRAUSS, R. / LISZT, F. / FAURÉ, G. / DEBUSSY, C. (German and French Songs) Solo Musica
SM239
Vocal




 
 
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