This is the first book-length study of the rich operatic repertory written and performed in France during the last two decades of the nineteenth century. Steven Huebner gives an accessible and colourful account of such operatic favourites as Manon and Werther by Massenet, Louise by Charpentier, and lesser-known gems such as Chabrier's Le Roi malgre lui and Chausson's Le Roi Arthus. For the first time opera lovers have available under a single cover a survey of a repertory profoundly influenced by the music of Richard Wagner.
Steven Huebner is at McGill University, Montreal.
extremely informative about a period in French operatic history that has been relatively neglected in research. J. Girdham, Choice, Vol.37, No.11/12.
'Huebner's book is, without question, a major achievement ... the book's greatness lies in the fact that it makes you want to listen to familiar works with fresh ears, and re-examine the works of composers you may have passed over. Very highly recommended for all opera lovers, not just specialists.' Tim Ashley, Musical Times, Winter 1999,
'Exhaustive research into contemporary newspapers, letters and documents ... gives useful factual information about the vicissitudes, both artistic and commercial, undergone by the operas analysed. The wealth of musical examples is beautifully printed.' James Harding, BBC Music Magazine, February 2000