Meyerbeer - L'Africaine (Maurizio Arena, Shirley Verrett, Plácido Domingo, Ruth Ann Swenson) [2011 / 1988]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 5.46 Gb + 6,94 Gb (2*DVD9)
Classical | Label: Art Haus | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano | +3% Recovery | 194 min
The opera was premiered by the Paris Opéra at the Salle Le Peletier on 28 April 1865 in a performing edition undertaken by François-Joseph Fétis, as the composer had not prepared a final version at his death the previous year. It is Fétis who gave the work its present title; Meyerbeer had referred to it as Vasco da Gama. In fact it is clear from the text, with its references to Hinduism, that the heroine Sélika hails not from Africa, but from a region of, or island nearby, India - Madagascar has been suggested as a compromise reconciliation. Gabriela Cruz has published a detailed analysis of the historical context of the events of the opera and the opera setting itself.