Austrian composer Franz Schmidt wrote only two operas, and the second of these was Fredigundis (1916-21). It tells the story of Fredegund, the Queen consort - and later widow - of 6th century French King Chilperic I, who seized his riches after his mysterious assassination, and took refuge in the cathedral at Paris. In the opera, Fredegund is presented as being murderous and sadistic. The impressive score contains some fine examples of Schmidt’s later musical style.
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