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Renaissance Italy, the grand shores of Sicily, the winds from the sea and war epics, the battles of wits in courts where lords and artists develop a common way of life: romantic reverie during the first centuries of modern history gave numerous masterpieces to the plastic arts and opera. For an idealist coupled with a lover of Italy such as Berlioz, Shakespeare's comedy depicts a long-entertained subject. With this return to sources, Berlioz created a work that reflected him (caustic and tender, sublime and grotesque, sensitive and powerfully lyrical) and one of the most beautiful compositions of the genre.
Béatrice et Bénédict
Opéra in two acts by Hector Berlioz (1803 - 1869)
Libretto by Hector Berlioz after Shakespeare's 'Much Ado about Nothing'
First performance in Baden-Baden, Theater der Stadt, 9 August 1862
Recording: May 20 2019 - Opéra-Comique | Paris
Director: Francois Roussillon
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