- Clive Brown
Grosse Oper in three acts by louis Spohr to a libretto by Eduard Gehe after Antoine-Marin Lemièrre’s play La veuve de Malabar; Kassel, Hoftheater, 28 July 1823.
Spohr read Lemièrre’s La veuve de Malabar during a visit to Paris in winter 1820–21 and drew up a rough scenario the following summer. It was made into a libretto by Eduard Gehe, a lawyer and literary amateur in Dresden. Spohr began serious work on the music in ...