Complete with translations and guidance on pronunciation. As every singer and lover of French opera knows, editions of even the best-known French operatic arias are difficult – and sometimes expensive – to obtain. Roger Nichols scrupulously balanced selection of 19th-century French arias provides the perfect starting point for wider exploration. Nichols, who has championed French music in his writings, talks and radio broadcasts over three decades with eloquence and scholarship, is the ideal guide to this repertoire which, even today, is often neglected, misunderstood or inadequately performed.
Berlioz: Certain rat dans une cuisine (La damnation de Faust): Bizet: Quand la flame de l’amour (La jolie fille de Perth): Debussy: Maintenant que le père de Pelléas est sauvé (Pelléas et Mélisande): Gounod: Le veau d’or (Faust): Gounod: Vous qui faites l ’endormie (Faust): Gounod: Le grand art de cuisine (La colombe): Gounod: Sous les pieds dune femme (La