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Podcast: Grétry’s L’épreuve villageoise: staged comedy, community setting, international reach.

November 4, 2016

First performed in 1784 in Paris, Grétry’s comic opera L’épreuve villageoise plays out merrily against the insouciant backcloth of a European society about to undergo an irreversible, violent upheaval, just five years later. Grétry was a master of the comic opera genre, and this particular stagework presents a lighthearted feast of flirting in a cosy village setting. The reach of the work, however, was far from parochial. It was among a dozen Grétry operas that received some 80 performances by two resident opera troupes in French-speaking New Orleans in North America between 1796 and 1811. Raymond Bisha gives context in his latest podcast.

GRÉTRY L’épreuve villageoise (The Village Trial)
Opera Lafayette Chorus and Orchestra, Brown
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