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Music Text

Libretto by Charles Nuitter and Etienne Tréfeu; original German version by Julius Hopp; new English version by Charles Lamb Kenney (lyrics) & Richard Duployen (dialogue) (F,G,E)

Scoring

5S,5T,2B,4speaking roles; chorus;
2(I=picc).1.2.1–2.2.1.0–timp.perc(3)–strings

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Publisher

B&B

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

Availability

World Premiere
7/31/1869
Kurtheater, Baden-Baden
Singers of the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, Paris / Kurorchester Baden-Baden / Jacques Offenbach
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Press Quotes

"...a compendium of everything that Offenbach had achieved... a score that races and fizzes like a well-tuned steam train and telling teases about upwardly mobile social ambitions and an infantilised ruling class."
BBC Music Magazine

Subjects
Recommended Recording
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Virginie Verrez, Anne-Catherine Gillet, Antoinette Dennefeld, Katia Ledoux, Josh Lovell, Christophe Gay, Christophe Mortagne, Loïc Félix / Opera Rara Chorus / London Philharmonic Orchestra / Paul Daniel
Opera Rara ORC63

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