Any fans of this magnificent underrated opera? While I admire it's score endlessly and this easily qualifies as one of my favorite French operas, there are some problems with the libretto. The biggest problem is probably the main character himself. He is absolutely insufferable, not sure if whether or not this is intentional, though. Ever thought Heinrich from Tannhäuser was a loser who deserved Elizabeth far less than noble Wolfram? Well, meet Cellini here, one of the biggest douches I have ever met in the history of opera. He makes Heinrich look likable.
Nevertheless, libretto has it's merits and music is devastatingly beautiful. "Si la terre" is playing in my head right now.