Offenbach - Keck
M et Mme Denis (OEK critical edition) (1862)
Opéra-comique in one act
Libretto by Laurencin et Michel Delaporte; original German version by G. Ernst; new English version by Richard Duployen (F,G,E)
Major roles: 2S,T; minor roles: 2T,Bar,2B; male chorus; 2(II=picc).1.2.1-22.214.171.124-timp.perc-strings.
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Salle Choiseul, Paris
|GASTON, Sir Denis's ward||Tenor|
|BELLEROSE, sergeant of the guard||High Baritone|
|LUCILE, the Denis's niece||Soprano|
|NANETTE, Sir and Lady Denis's servant||Soprano|
|BRINDAMOUR, JOLICOEUR, LA VALEUR, LA RAMÉE (soldiers of the guard)||Tenors, Basses|
|Four more soldiers|
Time and Place
Paris, about 1750
Gaston has kidnapped Lucile, his beloved one, from boarding school and wants to marry her with the blessing of Sir and Lady Denis. However, Sir and Lady Denis are away from home. While Nanette prepares a bite to eat for the two runaways, it turns out the 'abduction' of Lucile has been discovered. A sergeant is already standing in front of the house with a search party. Gaston and Lucile quickly dress up in wigs and night gowns as 'Sir and Lady Denis' in an attempt to avoid being caught by the soldiers. After a lot of confusion they are caught at last. However, they manage to put their pursuers out of action with the help of the witty Nanette and a good measure of wine and singing. At that very moment, however, the real 'Sir and Lady Denis' are approaching…