An Excellent Performance
Gounod's 'Romeo and Juliet' at San Diego Opera,
enjoyed by MARIA NOCKIN
Composer Charles Gounod, who lived from 1818 to 1893, is best known for his Ave Maria and two of his operas. Born in Paris, he was the son of a painter who had won the prestigious Prix de Rome for art in 1783. Charles, also a gifted painter, won the prize for music in 1839 and used his time in Italy to study sacred works of the sixteenth century. Only in 1855 did he achieve a degree of fame with the première of his Saint Cecilia Mass. His first opera, Sappho, was written as a vehicle for Pauline Viardot-Garcia...
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