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Jean-Michel Nectoux

concert performance with a narrated text (the usual solution, for the original text is now dated). In Pénélope , begun seven years later, Fauré found a subject that enchanted him, and this lyric drama contains his personal solution to the problem of post-Wagnerian opera; Pénélope can be described as a ‘song opera’, since it uses neither the classical aria with recitative nor Wagner’s continuous melody but rather a sequence of short lyrical flights, without repetition, linked by passages of arioso and, less often, plain recitative, sometimes without accompaniment. Pénélope