Giacomo Meyerbeer
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1791-09-05
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Giacomo Meyerbeer

Giacomo Meyerbeer Biography (Wikipedia)

Giacomo Meyerbeer (born Jacob Liebmann Beer; 5 September 1791 – 2 May 1864) was a German opera composer of Jewish birth who has been described as perhaps the most successful stage composer of the nineteenth century. With his 1831 opera Robert le diable and its successors, he gave the genre of grand opera 'decisive character'. Meyerbeer's grand opera style was achieved by his merging of German orchestra style with Italian vocal tradition. These were employed in the context of sensational and melodramatic libretti created by Eugène Scribe and were enhanced by the up-to-date theatre technology of the Paris Opéra. They set a standard which helped to maintain Paris as the opera capital of the nineteenth century.

Born to a very wealthy Berlin family, Meyerbeer began his musical career as a pianist but soon decided to devote himself to opera, spending several years in Italy studying and composing. His 1824 opera Il crociato in Egitto was the first to bring him Europe-wide reputation, but it was Robert le diable (1831) which raised his status to great celebrity. His public career, lasting from then until his death, during which he remained a dominating figure in the world of opera, was summarized by his contemporary Hector Berlioz, who claimed that he 'has not only the luck to be talented, but the talent to be lucky.' He was at his peak with his operas Les Huguenots (1836) and Le prophète (1849); his last opera (L'Africaine) was performed posthumously. His operas made him the most frequently performed composer at the world's leading opera houses in the nineteenth century.

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Giacomo Meyerbeer Tracks

Giacomo Meyerbeer
Psalm 91 - Qui in manu Dei requiescit
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Psalm 91 - Qui in manu Dei requiescit

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Giacomo Meyerbeer
Meyerbeer: Le Prophète, Act 1: "Mon coeur s'élance et palpite" (Berthe)
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Meyerbeer: Le Prophète, Act 1: "Mon coeur s'élance et palpite" (Berthe)
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Drinking Song (Les Huguenots)
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Drinking Song (Les Huguenots)
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Galop (Les patineurs)
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Galop (Les patineurs)

Galop (Les patineurs)

Orchestra
North German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Pater noster
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Pater noster
Giacomo Meyerbeer
C'est bien l'air que chaque matin (L'Etoile du Nord)
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C'est bien l'air que chaque matin (L'Etoile du Nord)

C'est bien l'air que chaque matin (L'Etoile du Nord)

Performer
Julien Beaudiment
Catherine Puertolas
Orchestra
Lyon Opera Orchestra
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Pays merveilleux... O paradis (L' Africaine)
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Pays merveilleux... O paradis (L' Africaine)

Pays merveilleux... O paradis (L' Africaine)

Orchestra
RAI National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor
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Giacomo Meyerbeer
Fackeltanz (Torch Dance) no.4 for welcome of newly-married Prussian Crown Prince
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Fackeltanz (Torch Dance) no.4 for welcome of newly-married Prussian Crown Prince
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Struensee - Overture
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Struensee - Overture
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Coronation March from Le Prophète
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Coronation March from Le Prophète

Coronation March from Le Prophète

Ensemble
The Prince Regent's Band
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Giacomo Meyerbeer
Le prophète (Coronation March)
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Le prophète (Coronation March)
Giacomo Meyerbeer
O beau pays de la Touraine (Les Huguenots)
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O beau pays de la Touraine (Les Huguenots)
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Les Patineurs: excerpts
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Les Patineurs: excerpts
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Le prophete: Coronation March
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Le prophete: Coronation March
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Pays merveilleux...O paradis sorti de l'onde from L'Africaine, Act IV
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Pays merveilleux...O paradis sorti de l'onde from L'Africaine, Act IV
Joan Sutherland
O beau pays, Les Huguenots
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O beau pays, Les Huguenots
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Les Patineurs
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Les Patineurs
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Gypsy Dance (from Les Hugeunots, Act 3)
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Gypsy Dance (from Les Hugeunots, Act 3)

Gypsy Dance (from Les Hugeunots, Act 3)

Orchestra
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
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Giacomo Meyerbeer
L' Etoile du nord - opera comique
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L' Etoile du nord - opera comique
Melvyn Tan
Hirtenlied
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Hirtenlied
Giacomo Meyerbeer
L'Africaine: Pays merveilleux…O Paradis …Conduisez-moi vers ce navire
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L'Africaine: Pays merveilleux…O Paradis …Conduisez-moi vers ce navire
Giacomo Meyerbeer
L' Africaine - opera in 5 acts
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L' Africaine - opera in 5 acts
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Les Patineurs (Entrée)
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Les Patineurs (Entrée)
Giacomo Meyerbeer
L'Africaine - Acts 4 and 5
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L'Africaine - Acts 4 and 5

L'Africaine - Acts 4 and 5

Singer
Gregory Kunde
Veronica Simeoni
Luca dall'Amico
Jessica Pratt
Conductor
Emmanuel Villlaume
Choir
Chorus of Teatro La Fenice
Giacomo Meyerbeer
L'Africaine - Act 3
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L'Africaine - Act 3

L'Africaine - Act 3

Singer
Gregory Kunde
Veronica Simeoni
Luca dall'Amico
Jessica Pratt
Conductor
Emmanuel Villlaume
Choir
Chorus of Teatro La Fenice
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Psalm 91 - Qui in manu Dei requiescit
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Psalm 91 - Qui in manu Dei requiescit
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Robert le diable - opera in 5 acts
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Robert le diable - opera in 5 acts

Robert le diable - opera in 5 acts

Performer
New Zealand S O
Darrell Ang
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Darrell Ang, New Zealand S O & Giacomo Meyerbeer
Le Prophete - grand opera
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Le Prophete - grand opera

Le Prophete - grand opera

Performer
Darrell Ang, New Zealand S O & Giacomo Meyerbeer
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Barcelona S O, Giacomo Meyerbeer & Michał Nesterowicz
Le Prophete - grand opera
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Le Prophete - grand opera

Le Prophete - grand opera

Performer
Barcelona S O, Giacomo Meyerbeer & Michał Nesterowicz
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Giacomo Meyerbeer
Les Huguenots - opera in 5 acts
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Les Huguenots - opera in 5 acts
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Robert le diable - opera in 5 acts
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Robert le diable - opera in 5 acts
Giacomo Meyerbeer
L'Africaine, Act V (final scene)
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L'Africaine, Act V (final scene)
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Dinora, Act II (conclusion)
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Dinora, Act II (conclusion)
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Dinorah, Act II (excerpt)Scenes 3-6
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Dinorah, Act II (excerpt)Scenes 3-6
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Dinorah, Act II (excerpt) 'Qu'il est bon'
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Dinorah, Act II (excerpt) 'Qu'il est bon'
Giacomo Meyerbeer
L'Etoile du Nord, Act III (finale)
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L'Etoile du Nord, Act III (finale)
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Le Prophete, Act II
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Le Prophete, Act II
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Le Prophete, Act III - Waltz from Skaters' ballet
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Le Prophete, Act III - Waltz from Skaters' ballet
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Struensee - overture
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Struensee - overture
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Sie und Ich
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Sie und Ich
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