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Les Géorgiennes (1864)

(Die schönen Weiber von Georgien / The Women of Georgia)
Duration: 120 minutes
Opéra-bouffe in three acts (six scenes)

Libretto by Jules Moinaux; new German version by Ika Schafheitlin and Helmut Gauer, musical arrangements by Klauspeter Seibel (F,G)

3S,A,2T,2Bar,B,buffoB,speaking role; chorus; ballet; 2(II=picc).2.2.2-
Abbreviations (PDF).

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

World Premiere
Bouffes-Parisiens, Paris
Company: unknown


RHODODENDRON, pasha Buffo Bass
FEROSA and NANI, Georgian women Sopranos
ALIDA, Georgian woman Contralto
JOLODIN/POTERNO/TABACCO, Georgians Tenor/Bass/Baritone
BOBOLI and COCOBO, stateless rogues Tenor/Baritone or Bass
CORINTHIA, principal wife of Rhododendron Soprano
A sentry at the gate speaking role
Turks, Gerogian men and women

Time and Place
Djegani in Georgia around 1700

The women of Djegani are praising their husbands who, though yellow-bellies a short time before, have suddenly become adventurous heroes, showing a new fighting spirit in their battle against the men of the Turkish pasha Rhododendron. That is, at least, what the Georgian women believe. Rhododendron has set out towards Djegani in order to replenish his harem, which has been considerably reduced in numbers thanks to his corrupt harem guard Boboli. Boboli and his assistant Cocobo have applied for political asylum in Djegani since their dealing with women has been discovered. Meanwhile, the warriors from Djegani and Turkey have decided not to fight the battle and are boozing in the wood instead, while the omnipotent pasha has set out on his own in order to approach the women who have remained in town without protection. Camouflaged as an alleged turncoat, he denies the message of a Georgian messenger that the Turkish enemy has been annihilated. When the soldiers, simulating severe wounds return to the town, the women play along with the game in order to teach their jumping-jacks a lesson… In the battle between the sexes, love finally wins. Heroes and pashas are no longer in demand.



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