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Music Text

Libretto by Henri Lemarchand, based on the radio play "Le Bestiaire inattendu: L'Hirondelle du faubourg" by Claude Aveline (F)


colS,S,M,A,T,2Bar,buffoB,B; mixed chorus;

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

For full details on this stagework, including synopsis and roles, please visit our Opera section.

World Premiere
Jerzy Sztwiertnia, director / Polish Radio & TV Orchestra Warsaw / Wlodzimierz Kamirski
World stage premiere
Festspielhaus, Bregenz
Gerald Stollwitzer, director / Prager Philharmonischer Chor / Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg / Gérard Korsten
Press Quotes

"L’Hirondelle inattendue comes along like a piece of ‘absurd musical theatre’ whose verbal wit finds its counterpart in music that is composed with charm and technical mastery ... This gem of twentieth-century operatic literature must not be allowed to be forgotten.” Opernwelt

Recommended Recording

Agard / Amiel / Borowski / Danglade / Eyglier / Gfrerer / Karasinska / Makówka / Melo / Pazik / Rovery / Trylnik / Polish Radio Choir Krakow / Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Warsaw  /  Lukasz Borowicz
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