Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable from Covent Garden

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Royal Opera House, Bow Street frontage Royal Opera House, Bow Street frontage (Wikipedia Commons)

Giacomo Meyerbeer'sĀ five-act extravaganza Robert le Diable, features everything from an orgy of evil spirits, to a chorus of defrocked nuns rising from their graves, to a deal with the devil which, for once, doesn't turn out all that badly. The work's Paris premiere in 1831, instantly made Meyerbeer the most celebrated opera composer of the time.

This acclaimed production comes from London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The stars are tenor Bryan Hymel as Robert, soprano Patrizia Ciofi as Isabelle and bass-baritone John Relyea as Bertram, in a performance led by conductor Daniel Oren.

Cast:

Conductor: Daniel Oren

Robert: Bryan Hymel (tenor)

Isabelle: Patrizia Ciofi (soprano)

Bertram: John Relyea (bass-baritone)

Alice: Marina Poplavskaya (soprano)

Raimbaut: Jean-Francois Borras (tenor)

Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus

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