Les Brigands (Dohm/Gründgens version) (1869)
Opéra-bouffe in three acts
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy; new German version by Gustaf Gründgens after Ernst Dohm (F,G)
8S,4M,2A,7T,3Bar(T),3B,speaker; chorus; 2(II=picc).2.2.2-220.127.116.11-timp.perc-strings.
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.
World premiere of version
|FIORELLA, his daughter||Soprano|
|FRAGOLETTO, a young tenant||Tenor|
|PIETRO, Falsacappa's confidant||Tenor or Baritone|
|robber lieutenants: CARMAGNOLA||Tenor|
|DOMINO||Tenor or Baritone|
|girls, later robber brides: FIAMETTA||Soprano|
|DUKE OF MANTUA||Tenor or Baritone|
|ANTONIO, his treasurer||Tenor|
|BRAMARBASSO, captain of the troups of Mantua||Bass|
|MARQUISE, BARONESS, Mistresses of the Duke of Mantua||Soprano, Mezzo Soprano|
|A Herald||speaking role|
|PRINCESS OF GRANADA||High Mezzo Soprano|
|ADOLF OF VALLADOLID, her page||Tenor or Mezzo Soprano|
|COUNT OF GLORIA-CASSIS, her chamberlain||Tenor|
|TWO NOBLE LADIES||Soprano, Contralto|
|PIPI, landlord||Lyric Tenor|
|PIPA, landlord's wife||Lyric Contralto|
|PIPETTA, their daughter||Soubrette Soprano|
|Robbers, Soldiers, Kitchen staff, Spanish retinue, Royal household of Mantua||mixed chorus|
Time and Place
Wild mountainous area; a rural inn; a palace. In earlier times
Everybody steals according to their position in society.
The chief of a band of robbers, Falsacappa, is under pressure to succeed. His last coup was a long time ago and his gang is beginning to get bored. Suddenly an interesting opportunity comes their way: a messenger from Granada who bears information about the forthcoming wedding of the Princess of Granada and the Duke of Mantua. As a result of the marriage the duke is supposed to pay back an old debt worth millions. The messenger has been ordered to bring a portrait of the princess to the duke, but Falsacappa secretly swaps this with one of his daughter Fiorella, and releases the messenger. The delegation from Granada is taken by surprise at the border. Dressed in the costumes of the Spaniards, and with Fiorella as the princess, the robbers enter Mantua. Although the fraud succeeds, Falsacappa's plan fails. There is no treasure. Mantua's treasurer Antonio, who is the cleverer robber, has long since misappropriated the millions owed by the duke. With the arrival of the real Spaniards who have managed to free themselves, the scam is revealed. The robbers are consoled by the duke's offer that they enter the civil service and exchange their robber's clothes for police uniforms.