What the devil? Royal Opera stages Meyerbeer rarity

(Blank Headline Received)LONDON (Reuters) – The audience at London's Royal Opera House is in for a big surprise on Thursday night. They will witness German composer Giacomo Meyerbeer's 1831 grand opera "Robert le Diable" (Robert the Devil), a work so rarely performed that virtually no one has seen it, let alone sung it or played it. In fact, the last time Britain's prestigious Royal Opera House put on the epic work was in 1890, by which time it had fallen out of favor, never to recover fully. …

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