Two illustrations of the Coronation Scene from Meyerbeer's opera Le Prophète. Giacomo MEYERBEER.
Two illustrations of the Coronation Scene from Meyerbeer's opera Le Prophète

Two illustrations of the Coronation Scene from Meyerbeer's opera Le Prophète

[London]: [ca. 1850].

- Chromolithograph by John Brandard. Title page to a Quadrille. Image size ca. 250 x 220 mm. Trimmed.

- Etching by W. Strange. Title page to "The Coronation Quadrille ... arranged by Strauss. Musical Bouquet No. 237. London: 1849. Image size 150 x 220 mm.

From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).

Worn and browned; other minor defects.

Meyerbeer's grand opera Le prophète was composed to a libretto by Eugène Scribe,and premiered at the Paris Opéra on April 16, 1849.

In Le prophète, Meyerbeer was the first composer to use the leitmotif as an indication of what lies ahead, a function described later by Wagner as Ahnung or premonition... [The opera incorporated] the first successful use in any theatre of an electric spotlight, which Meyerbeer had specially made by the physicist Léon Foucault... The première of Le prophète was a triumph of theatrical history, and its success was undoubtedly heightened by its unintentional political topicality following the 1848 revolution." Matthias Brzoska in Grove Music Online

The Coronation Scene at the conclusion of Act IV is a high point of the opera, in which Fidès falls before the newly crowned John and publicly recognizes him as her son.

"Horne had a voice of extraordinary range, rich and tangy in timbre, with a stentorian chest register and an exciting top... In concert she once achieved the feat of singing in a single programme Rossini arias and Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene, proof of her exceptional versatility. Throughout her lengthy career she was an admired recitalist, singing lieder, mélodies, Spanish and American songs with equal aplomb." Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.

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