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La Navarraise is an opera in two acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Jules Claretie and Henri Cain, based on Claretie's novel La Cigarette. It was first performed at Covent Garden in London on June 20, 1894, with Emma Calvé in the title role.Read more on Wikipedia
La Navarraise is widely agreed to be Massenet's answer to Italian verismo and was very popular in its day, often being performed on a double bill with Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana. Its popularity has waned since operatic tastes changed in the early part of the twentieth century, and today the opera is rarely performed. It has, however, been recorded a number of times, most notably in the 1970s with Marilyn Horne and Plácido Domingo.
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