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Amadis de Grèce (‘Amadis of Greece’)locked

  • Caroline Wood

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Tragédie en musique in a prologue and five acts by André Cardinal Destouches to a libretto by Antoine Houdar de Lamotte ; Paris, Opéra, ?26 March 1699.

After about 1700 chivalric subjects became a popular alternative to mythology for French opera librettos; alongside this went a growing taste for horror and the supernatural, supplied here by the intervention of the sorceress Mélisse (soprano). The plot concerns Amadis (bass) and the Prince of Thrace (...

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