Le 66 (1856)
Opérette in one act
Libretto by Philippe August Pittaud de Forges and M. Laurencin (=Paul Aimé Chapelle); original German version by Karl Treumann; new English version by Richard Duployen (F,G,E)
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Salle Marigny (Bouffes-Parisiens, Folies-Marigny), Paris
|FRANÇOIS, travelling dealer||Baritone|
|SUZON, his cousin and bride||Soprano|
Time and Place
Near a big city on the border of southern France, 19th century
Suzon and Piccolo are on their way to Paris in order to help Suzon's sister. She believes her husband to be lost after a ship disaster and, with her three little children, is in great trouble. The couple hope to raise a little money by playing music. Of course it would be even better if Piccolo hit the jackpot. For on parting, as he now tells the astonished Suzon, the manager gave him a ticket for the French national lottery. Suddenly, they run into a travelling salesman, who of course has the numbers of the latest draw, and as things are, the first prize – 100,000 Thalers – goes to Piccolo's ticket number 66. Piccolo boisterously buys half the salesman's wares on the wagon without having a single sou left, and has an argument with Suzon, who hates his sudden craving for status. However, their illusions about their wealthy future are broken as the salesman notices that Piccolo read his ticket upside down and has number 99 instead of 66. But luckily enough, the salesman is none other than François, Suzon's brother-in-law who was thought lost. In the meantime he has returned to his wife and children in Paris and is now on the way to Suzon and her family, who he has not seen for ten years. All's well that ends well!
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