Substance Battles Spectacle, in Meyerbeer's 'L'Africaine'

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INTRODUCTION: By Lisa Simone





THE HIT SINGLE: "Farewell My Sweet Shore"

Early in Act One, as Vasco da Gama is feared missing at sea, Inès (soprano Jessica Pratt) recalls his departure, and their last goodbye, in the spectacular aria "Adieu mon doux rivage."





THE B SIDE: "O Paradise of the sea"

In Act Four, despite his perilous situation, Vasco (tenor Gregory Kunde) revels in the beauty of a new land in the aria "O Paradis sorti de l'onde"