Sapho by Charles Gounod


'''''Sapho''''' is a 3-act opera by Charles Gounod to a libretto by Émile Augier which was premiered by the Paris Opera at the Salle Le Peletier on 16 April 1851. It was presented only 9 times in its initial production,Lajarte 1878, [ p. 208]. but was a ''succès d'estime'' for the young composer, with the critics praising Act 3 in particular.Huebner 1992, p. 176. It was later revived in 2-act (1858) and 4-act (1884) versions, achieving a total of 48 performances.Wolff 1962, pp. 198-199.