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Libretto by Henri Meilhac; new German Version by Josef Heinzelmann (F,G)

Scoring

S,2T,B;
2(II=picc).1.2.1-2.2.1.0-perc(1):timp/tgl-strings(+on-stage string quartet)

Abbreviations (PDF)

World Premiere
23/09/1856
Bouffes-Parisiens, Paris
Company: unknown

World premiere of version
15/10/2005
Salle Gaveau, Paris
Conductor: Jean-Christophe Keck
Company: Orchestre Pasdeloup

Roles

BELAZOR, a millionaire Buffo Tenor
LARFAILLOU, a shoemaker Tenor
AUBÉPINE, Belazor's daughter Soprano
1st Guest Bass
Time and Place

Belazor's saloon in the year 1856

Synopsis

Belazor has become rich at the stock exchange. He resides in a palace, counting the most important men of the country among his friends. There is only one problem: the shoemaker Larfaillou next door, a cheerful fellow, who is always singing songs. The lord is disturbed by the singing. Larfaillou is so impudent as to enter during a reception and to ask for the hand of Belazor's daughter Aubépine – just as in the fable of Lafontaine that Aubépine was reciting to the guests. Belazor wants to get rid of the fellow and thinks he can silence him with twelve Louisdor. Larfaillou has Aubépine explain the rules of the stock exchange to him and instantly applies at gambling what he just learned. With his twelve Louisdor, he wins one round after another, until the rich man loses the shirt off his back. The tables have been turned, Larfaillou is given Aubépine and, following a dividend quoted after the close of the stock market, Belazor begins to work for his "second first million".

Moods

Comic

Subjects

Relationships, Society

Recommended Recording
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Orchestre des Concerts Pasdeloup / Jean-Christophe Keck
Association des Concerts Pasdeloup / Universal Music 442 8964




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