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Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict - Catherine Robbin (contralto); Gabriel Bacquier (vocals); Gilles Cachemaille (vocals); Jean-Luc Viala (vocals);...
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  1. Béatrice et Bénédict, opera, H. 138
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Béatrice et Bénédict, Berlioz's last completed work, is based on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing , but the libretto, by the composer, dispenses with most of the intrigue of the original and reduces the plot to a single premise: Béatrice et Bénédict mask their affection for each other by squabbling, and then finally come to their senses and get married. Although designated an opera, it is closer in effect to an opéra comique because of its very extensive use of spoken dialogue. The effectiveness of a recording of an ...