Timbre d’argent, Le (‘The Silver Bell’)
- Hugh Macdonald
Opéra fantastique in four acts by Camille Saint-Saëns to a libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré; Paris, Théâtre Lyrique, 23 February 1877.
Saint-Saëns’ first opera was a significant link between Gounod’s Faust and Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, in all three of which the same librettists, Barbier and Carré, explored the hero’s dependence on a sinister older man enforced by a diabolic pact. In ...