Imagine Wagner's Siegfried rewritten by Berlioz. Ernest Reyer's Sigurd, one of those semi-forgotten operas that is performed roughly as often as it deserves, gets a rare outing at the Grand Théâtre de Genève this autumn.
In recent years relegated to the French provinces, this time round it is blessed with the starriest cast it could hope for. The excellent tenor Andrea Caré (as recently seen in Covent Garden's Nabucco) takes the title role, with Anna Caterina Antonacci as Brunehilde and Anne Sophie Duprels as Hilda. Cross fingers they make a recording - there's none currently available, and earlier attempts don't really do the work credit .
Amazingly, the soprano who created the role of Brunehilde back in 1884 lived long enough to record part of it after her stage career had ended. Above, hear Rose Caron in 1904 with Des presents de Gunther.
Below, and rather more stylishly, Régine Crespin tackles Salut, splendeur du jour.