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Offenbach - Keck

Les Bavards (OEK critical edition) (1862-63)

(Die Schwätzer / The Chatterbox)

Duration: 60 minutes

Opéra-bouffe in two acts


English   Deutsch  

Libretto by Charles Nuitter; new German version by Gunter Selling (F,G)


Scoring

6S,A(T),T,2B,mime; chorus; 2(II=picc).1.2.1-2.2.3.0-timp.perc-strings; Viennese orchestration: 2.2.2.2-4.2.3.0-timp.perc-strings

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Territory

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


World Premiere
11/06/1862
Kurtheater, Bad Ems
Company: unknown


Roles

ROLAND Contralto (or Tenor in Vienna version)
SARMIENTO Bass
CRISTOBAL, the Alcade Bass
TORRIBO, his scrivener Tenor
BÉATRIX, Sarmiento's wife Soprano
INÈS, their niece Soprano
PEDRO, a servant speaking role
CATALINON, merchant of cigars, a creditor Soprano
TORBISCO, barber, a creditor Soprano
BERNADILLO, muleteer, a creditor Soprano
BAROCAL, shoemaker, a creditor Soprano
Creditors, neighbours

Time and Place

Zaragoza - the street in front of, and a terrace in Sarmiento’s house


Synopsis

The young poet Roland is in love with Inès. Fleeing from his creditors, he makes a proposal to her uncle Sarmiento, who is rich but of a violent temper, and suffers from his wife Béatrix’s chattiness: if he is provided with lodging and his debts are paid, Roland will teach Béatrix to be silent. Sarmiento agrees, and Roland succeeds by simply not letting Béatrix get a word in, when talking to her. But to obtain Sarmiento's consent to marry Inès, Roland reveals to Béatrix her husband's deal. So as to take revenge on Sarmiento, she pretends that she is secretly exchanging gallant letters with Roland. Sarmiento, full of jealousy, is so happy to learn that the true recipient of this correspondence is Inès that he gives his approval to marriage. They celebrate the alliance of love and wealth, sealed by the tinkling of gold.


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