Just in time for Christmas, Félicien David's Herculaneum has been released on CD. The 19th century composer is unfairly forgotten and the opera is rather good. As this review in the Washington Post says:
Since 2010, the Venice-based Centre de Musique Romantique Française has been sponsoring performances of David’s music, including this live recording of his opera “Herculanum,” captured during performances last year at the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels. Premiered in 1859, it would remain David’s only opera produced by the Opéra de Paris, after which he turned to works for the Opéra-Comique.
The plot is almost entirely forgettable, but the final explosive scenes are great fun. A sense of the scale of the work is seen in the trailer to the CD: