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Encyclopedia > Le Cid (opera)

Le Cid is an opera in four acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Louis Gallet, Edouard Blau and Adolphe d'Ennery. It was first performed at the Opéra Comique in Paris on November 30, 1885. While the opera itself is not in the standard operatic repertory, the ballet suite is a popular concert piece and includes the famous Aragonaise. Some consider the heroic subject matter of Le Cid less suited to Massenet's style than his other works. Still, it maintains a marginal place in the repertoire due mostly to the famous ballet suite and the 1978 recording with Plácido Domingo and Grace Bumbry. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Jules Émile Frédéric Massenet (May 12, 1842 - August 13, 1912) was a French composer. ... A libretto is the complete body of words used in an extended musical work such as an opera, operetta, masque, sacred or secular oratorio and cantata, musical, and ballet. ... Adolphe Philippe dEnnery or Dennery (17 June 1811 - 1899) was a French dramatist and novelist. ... Opéra comique is a French style of opera that is a partial counterpart to the Italian opera buffa. ... The Waltz of the Snowflakes from Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker Ballet is the name given to a specific dance form and technique. ... Aragonaise is from Aragon, a region in Spain, and means dance of Aragon. There are two famous musical compositions named Aragonaise, one by Jules Massenet from his opera Le Cid, the other from the opera Carmen by Bizet. ... Plácido Domingo Plácido Domingo (born January 21, 1941) is a famous Spanish opera singer. ... The American opera singer Grace Bumbry (born 4 January 1937) began her career as mezzo-soprano but later expanded her repertoire to include soprano roles. ...

Principal characters

  • Chimène - soprano
  • La Infanta - soprano
  • Rodrigue - tenor
  • Don Diègue - baritone
  • Le Roi - bass
  • Le Comte de Gormas - bass

Noted arias

  • Act II - Rodrigue: "O noble lame étincelante"
  • Act III - Chimène: "Pleurez, pleurez mes yeux"
  • Act III - Rodrigue: "O souverain, o juge, o père"

This article is about the musical term aria. ...

External link

  • Le Cid at Jules-Massenet.com



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