CORRECTS DATE Undated photo released by the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London of Bryan Hymel in the title role of their production of the opera Robert Le Diable. Degas painted it. Chopin wrote variations on it. Balzac and Dumas mentioned it in their fiction. The Paris Opera performed it 100 times in just three years. For more than a half-century after its premiere in 1831, Giacomo Meyerbeer's “Robert le Diable” was everywhere. Then, as its composer's reputation plummeted, it all but disappeared. Now the Royal Opera has brought it back, for the first time in 120 years, in a new production by director Laurent Pelly that opened Dec. 6 and was seen at the third of six performance Wednesday, Dec.12, 2012. It's a commendable undertaking, especially at a time when many opera companies are opting for safe repertory choices. (AP Photo/Royal Opera House Bill Cooper)
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