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Photo: Trier Theatre
Trier Theatre 2000, Lukas Kinderman, dir

Delius, Frederick

Margot la Rouge (1901-02)

Duration: 50 minutes
Lyric drama in one act

Libretto by Rosenval (F,E,I)

Scoring
Major roles: 3S,A,T,2Bar,B; minor roles: 2S,A,5Bar,2B; chorus 2.picc.2.corA.2.2-4.2.3.1-timp.perc:cyms-harp-strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
6/8/1983
Opera Theater of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
Conductor: Eric Fenby
Company: Opera Theater of Saint Louis

Roles

SARGEANT THIBAULTTenor
THE ARTISTBaritone
MARGOTSoprano
LILI BEGUINSoprano
NINISoprano
LA PATRONNEContralto
LAPOIGNEBaritone
TOTORBass
1ST SOLDIERBaritone
2ND SOLDIERBaritone
3 drunkardsBasses
3 women2 Sopranos/Contraltos
A WaiterBaritone
Police BrigadierBass


Time and Place
Paris, France


Synopsis

At a bar in Paris one spring evening the clientele is made up of local drinkers and a handful of tarts. The conversation centres on Margot la Rouge, whose relationship with the Artist attracts envious comment from her colleague Lili. It starts to rain heavily – there will be few customers tonight. Margot nevertheless braves the storm, and is greeted with some bitchy comments. Three soldiers come in, the first two of whom show little interest in the girls, but the third – Thibault – stares at Margot. He thinks he has met her before. The others leave, but Thibault stays and approaches her. In the course of their conversation it becomes clear that she is from the same village as Thibault, who once knew her as Marguerite. She is moved by his recollections and also recognises him, then explains to him what she has become and that she has a lover. Thibault asks whether she loves him: she does not. Thibault’s obvious sincerity moves Margot to respond in kind. As they are about to leave together, the Artist appears. There is a row, and the Artist makes as if to strike Margot. Thibault defends her, and receives the knife blow instead. Margot grabs Thibault’s bayonet and stabs the Artist. The police arrest her.


Moods
Dramatic, Romantic, Tragic


Subjects
History, Relationships


Recommended Recording
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Meredith Davies (excerpts)
Eminence EMX2198

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