Louis Ferdinand Herold


Born: January 28, 1791; Paris, France   Died: January 19, 1833; Paris, France  
Herold composed in a variety of genres including opera, comique, opera, lyric vocal pieces and songs, orcehstral piano concertos, chamber music and piano music. His forte became, after a long struggle with bad librettos, opera. He studied at the Paris Conservatory with Adam, Kreutzer, Catel, and Mehul. Mehul's influence dominated the compositions of Herold. His first opera was written and performed in Italy in 1814 but met with littel success Read more because of the libretto. He was only twenty three years old. It took Herold another twelve years (at the age of thirty five) to compose not only a successful opera but a triumphantly successful opera "Marie." He acceeded to a position with the Theatre-Italien in Paris, and later became a singing coach there. He also composed two well received ballets, "La somnambule," and "La fille mal gardee." Herold is best remembered for two popular operas. "Zampa, ou La fiancee de marbre" was developed with full theatrical effects and provided a venue to demonstrate the brilliance of the tenor Chollet. "Le pre aux clercs" was Herold's reflective and cognizant treatment of a controversial subject. Read less
Herold: La Fille Mal Gardée / Royal Ballet
Release Date: 07/29/2008   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 992   Number of Discs: 1
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Herold: La Fille Mal Gardée / Australian Ballet
Release Date: 06/24/2008   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2115   Number of Discs: 1
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Herold: La Fille Mal Gardee / Royal Ballet [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 03/31/2009   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 7021   Number of Discs: 1
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