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French Opera at the Fin de Siecle$
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Steven Huebner

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189544

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.001.0001

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Le Roi d'Ys

Le Roi d'Ys

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French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Steven Huebner

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Pierre Lalo's Le Roi d'Ys. In the mid-1870s, Lalo took up Édouard Blau's libretto about the mysterious flooding of the medieval Breton city of Ys (Is). He advanced with circumspection, drafting the entire opera in 1875 but then mainly orchestrating it piecemeal as opportunities for extract performances at concert societies presented themselves in the late 1870s and early 1880s. Le Roi d'Ys earned wild applause at its première on 7 May 1888, and the first 100 performances occurred within a little over a year. At age sixty-five, Lalo finally achieved an operatic triumph.

Keywords:   Pierre Lalo, French opera, Wagnerians, Ys

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