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LES HUGUENOTS’. Scene from the opera by Giacomo Meyerbeer. First performed in Paris 29th February, 1836, with Falcon, Dorus-Gras, Nourrit and Levasseur. This image depicts the dramatic high point of the opera at the end of act 4 when Raoul is about to leap from a window into the street in a fruitless attempt to stop the slaughter of the Huguenots. Most probably from a performance in London with Giovanni Mario and Giulia Grisi as the two main characters. Lithograph by J. Brandard, printed by
M. & N. Hanhart ca. 1850 - 25x20cm. Full hand colour. Excellent condition. Giacomo Meyerbeer was born on the Jewish date 6 Elul (September 5, 1791) in Vogelsdorf, Germany as Yaakov Liebmann Beer. His father, Judah Herz Beer was a wealthy sugar refiner in Germany and Italy. His mother, Malka Liebmann Meyer Wulff, also known as Amalia, was the daughter of Liebmann Meyer Wulff, a wealthy Berlin merchant and banker who made a fortune delivering supplies to Prussian troops, and was the director of the Prussian lottery. Jacob was first trained at the piano and became known as a child prodigy, one of the finest pianists in all of Berlin. He took training from great masters including Muzio Clementi. Later he studied composition and counterpoint with the Abbe Vogler in Darmstadt for several years; and it was there that he became friends with Carl Maria von Weber. By 1815, Jacob Beer had composed several oratorios and operas in German which showed promise. At the suggestion of Antonio Salieri, he made his way to Italy in order to develop the fine art of composing for the voice. By 1815, the composer, now calling himself Giacomo Meyerbeer, began to compose Italian operas and other musical works. Between 1815 and 1824, Meyerbeer composed six operas in the Rossini style, each more successful than the last, and he became a serious rival to Rossini. The last of these, entitled Il Crociato in Egitto, became an international sensation, and within a few years it was performed in all the major venues. It was the opera that brought Meyerbeer to Paris.
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