Giacomo Meyerbeer was a German opera composer of Jewish birth who has been described as perhaps the most successful stage composer of the nineteenth century. His public career from 1831 until his death, during which he remained throughout a dominating figure in the world of opera, was summarized by his contemporary Hector Berlioz, who claimed that he ‘has not only the luck to be talented, but the talent to be lucky.’ His operas made him the most frequently performed composer at the world’s leading opera houses in the nineteenth century. His operas made him the most frequently performed composer at the world’s leading opera houses in the nineteenth century. He was at his peak with his operas Le prophète (1849) in which a coronation is preceded by a splendid march. Although the opera itself is rarely performed, the Coronation March has conquered a place in the concert repertoire.
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