In May 1998 I saw LE PROPHETE by Giacomo Meyerbeer with Plácido Domingo as Jean and Agnes Baltsa as Fidès.
But this shows the problem. What makes an opera great? Can we get an agreement here. (I doubt it). What makes an opera production great? It seem in vain to find an agreement here. Even what makes an opera production stinks, there can be NO agreement especially between AMOP and La Cieca. In reality this is bigger than 2 persons even such prominent and knowledgeable persons.
The dispute is about Regietheatre. Is it good or bad? Perhaps we can agree that we should be able to enjoy opera and not be just annoyed etc. by the directors maddening choices. Trouble is that we are all different.
The only thing I can just emphatically state is that LE PROPHETE is truly a wonderful opera by Giacomo Meyerbeer. So if you want one opera by Meyerbeer. This should be it.
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