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Vasco de Gama

Author: Giacomo MeyerbeerEugène ScribeJürgen SchläderClaudia SorokinaGuibee YangAll authors
Publisher: Georgsmarienhütte : CPO, [2014] ℗2014
Edition/Format:   Music CD : CD audio : FrenchView all editions and formats
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Meyerbeer called the opera completed by him four months prior to his death Vasco de Gama, but it came to be known to posterity as L'Africaine (The African Woman). Now how did this happen? Meyerbeer had been working on the opera since 1837, and L'Africaine was its original title. Eugène Scribe's libretto told the story of an African princess who unhappily falls in love with a Portuguese naval officer. After some  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Operas
Named Person: Vasco da Gama; Vasco da Gama
Material Type: Music
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Giacomo Meyerbeer; Eugène Scribe; Jürgen Schläder; Claudia Sorokina; Guibee Yang; Bernhard Berchtold; Pierre-Yves Pruvot; Kouta Räsänen; Rolf Broman; Frank Beermann, (Conductor); Oper Chemnitz. Chor,; Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie Chemnitz,
OCLC Number: 880851882
Language Note: Sung in French.
Notes: Original version of L'Africaine (Die Afrikanerin). Critical edition by Jürgen Schlader (G. Ricordi).
Opera in 5 acts.
Title from disc label.
Libretto by Eugène Scribe.
Program notes by Jakob Peters-Messer and Carla Neppl, synopsis, and biographical notes on the performers, in German with English translation, and libretto with English and German translations (211 pages : portraits, illustrations) in container.
Credits: Producer, Alfredo Lasheras Hakobian ; digital editing, Karsten Zimmermann, Alfredo Lasheras Hokobian ; recording engineer, Christopher Tarnow ; executive producers, Burkhard Schmilgun, Stefan Lang.
Performer(s): Claudia Sorokina (Sélika, Sklavin), Guibee Yang (Inés), sopranos ; Bernhard Berchtold, tenor (Vasco de Gama) ; Pierre-Yves Pruvot (Nélusko, Sklave), Kouta Räsänen (Don Pédro), Rolf Broman, (Der Grossinquisitor von Lissabon, Der Oberpriester des Brahma), basses ; supporting soloists ; Chor der Oper Chemnitz ; Robert-Schumann-Philarmonie ; Frank Beermann, conductor.
Event notes: Recorded
2013 February 4-7
Opernhaus Chemnitz, Germany.
Description: 4 audio discs (4 hr., 15 min., 20 sec.) ; 4 3/4 in.
Other Titles: Africaine
Responsibility: Giacomo Meyerbeer.

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Meyerbeer called the opera completed by him four months prior to his death Vasco de Gama, but it came to be known to posterity as L'Africaine (The African Woman). Now how did this happen? Meyerbeer had been working on the opera since 1837, and L'Africaine was its original title. Eugène Scribe's libretto told the story of an African princess who unhappily falls in love with a Portuguese naval officer. After some initial enthusiasm Meyerbeer soon had his doubts about the subject. Years of revision and rejection followed. It was not until 1849, following Le Prophète, that he resumed his work on it. The Portuguese seafarer now became the historical explorer Vasco da Gama. Since he had discovered the sea route to India, the setting had to be transferred from Africa to India. As a result, Meyerbeer changed the opera's title: Vasco de Gama. The composer died prior to the rehearsals. The musicologist Joseph de Fétis subsequently examined the existing material, introducing some unfortunate changes and greatly abridging it. He was of the opinion that the work had to be presented to the music world with the title as promised: L'Africaine. And this meant that scenes featuring Indian worship of Brahma were set in Africa! The critical edition by Jürgen Schläder formed the basis of our studio production (here no live recording!) of the acclaimed Chemnitz production and now for the first time enables us to catch a glimpse of Meyerbeer's intentions.

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