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Henry VIII (opera by Saint-Saëns)locked

  • Hugh Macdonald

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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 ...

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