Meyerbeer's »Dinorah« from the German Opera of Berlin
Following our successful release of Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera Vasco da Gama, a production awarded the Echo Prize for the Best Editorial Achievement of 2015, we are now also eager to present to you another opera by the same composer. Most opera fans know Meyerbeer's Dinorah only from a single recording. For a long time it was the interpretation of the madness aria »Ombre legère« by Maria Callas that earned its title figure mention as the sister of other great opera heroines like Donizetti's Lucia, Amina from Bellini's Sonnambula, and Ophelia from the Hamlet of Ambroise Thomas: she too flees from a world that no longer understands her and seeks refuge in madness. In its complete form, however, the opéra comique Dinorah ou Le Pardon de Ploërmel continues to await discovery. Here Meyerbeer, late in his life, succeeds in producing playful, poetic, and humorously ironic evocations of the world of romantic spirits and fairies. Meyerbeer's setting of the story focusing on the lovers Dinorah and Hoël, separated under mysterious circumstances during a pilgrimage and then happily reunited, mixes lyrical, folkloric, and comical elements lending the music a subtle color palette all of its own.