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Maillart, Louis Aimé

Les dragons de Villars (1856)

(Das Glöckchen des Eremiten)
Duration: 135 minutes
Comic opera in three acts

Libretto by Joseph Philippe Lockroy and Eugène Cormon. New German version by Karlheinz Gutheim (G,F)

Scoring
2S,T,buffoT,Bar; chorus; 2(II=picc).2.2.2-4.2.3.0-timp.perc-strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.



World Premiere
9/19/1856
Théâtre-Lyrique , Paris
Company: Unknown



World premiere of version
7/25/1966
Koblenz
Company: Unknown

Roles

THIBAUT, upland farmer and owner of the small inn 'The Hermit' Buffo Tenor
GEORGETTE, his wifeSoprano
SYLVAIN, labourer with Thibaut Tenor
BELAMY, sergeant Baritone
ROSE FRIQUET, a young goatherd Soprano
A young female peasant
A lance-corporal
Three men on the run
Three smugglers
Women and girls of the village, Soldiers


Time and Place
The mountain village Prodains in Upper Savoy near the border to Wallis, Switzerland, towards the end of the war of the Cevennes in the year 1704


Synopsis

The men from the village of Prodains evacuate their wives to safety from a troop of dragoons. When the soldiers, led by their sergeant Belamy, enter the town on their horses, they are surprised to find not a soul apart from the innkeeper Thibaut and the goatherdess Rose. Rose, who is snubbed by the villagers because she is not involved in village life, tells Belamy where the women are. To the great excitement of the soldiers, they are taken out of their hiding-places. The womenfolk's fear and embarrassment soon give way to merriment, and shortly after they are dancing and feasting with the soldiers. Sylvain, Thibaut's labourer, is afraid for the political refugees who are hiding in a cave near the village and who he wants to lead to safety in Switzerland the following day. Unexpectedly, Rose helps him with her knowledge of the place. Belamy, who has started an affair with Thibaut's wife Georgette, sets out with her to explore the mystery of the little bell which hangs in a solitary hermitage near the cave and which, according to a legend, starts to ring every time a woman of the village becomes unfaithful to her husband. Rose becomes a witness to the flirtation, thus having Belamy at her mercy. For when he observes Sylvain showing the refugees the way to liberty and wants to arrest and execute him as a traitor, Rose plays her trump. Threatening Belamy that she will inform his superiors of the incidents at the hermitage, she is thus able to induce him to give in.


Moods
Comic





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