Henry VIII (opera by Saint-Saëns)
- Hugh Macdonald
Opéra in four acts by Camille Saint-Saëns to a libretto by Léonce Détroyat and Armand Silvestre; Paris, Opéra, 5 March 1883.
Vaucorbeil, director of the Opéra from 1880, was well disposed towards Saint-Saëns and passed on to him a libretto originally intended for Gounod. Although more inclined to treat a topic from French history, Saint-Saëns immersed himself in the subject and obtained a theme from the Royal Library at Buckingham Palace to use as a main motif. The opera was composed in ...