Libretto by M. de Saint Rémy (= A. de Morny), E. L’Epine, Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy; new German version (under the title of 'Salon Blumenkohl') by Heinz Baltes and Paul Vasil, arranged for chamber orchestra by Caspar Richter (F,G)
2S,T,2bufT,lyrBar,2speaking roles; chorus;
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|ERNESTINE, his daughter
|CHRYSODULE BABYLAS, a young composer
|PETERMANN, Choufleuri's servant
|Mr and Mrs BALANDARD, guests
Time and Place
Paris in the year 1833
The nouveau riche Choufleuri wants to introduce himself to society by means of a family concert. Ladies and gentlemen from the noblest circles have been invited to listen to a singing performance featuring three celebrated Italians virtuosos who are talked about by the whole city. But at the last moment, not only the best guests, but the singers as well withdraw their participation. Choufleuri is threatened by disaster, when suddenly Babylas, the lover of Choufleuri's daughter Ernestine (unpopular because of his low rank), has a bright idea. The concert will take place, with Babylas, Ernestine and Choufleuri themselves acting as the Italians. The expert audience is taken in by the deception and Babylas is rewarded with the hand of Ernestine.