"Unhappy is the land that needs a hero."
-- Bertolt Brecht
Monday, September 5, 2011
Giacomo Meyerbeer (September 5, 1791)
Giacomo Meyerbeer was a successful composer in the 19th century. He helped Richard Wagner, who then turned on him because Meyerbeer was Jewish, and succeeded in causing a loss of respect for his mentor. Meyerbeer's works have recently been restored to the classical repertory after a resulting century and a half of neglect.