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Music Text

Libretto by Laurencin et Michel Delaporte; original German version by G. Ernst; new English version by Richard Duployen (F,G,E)

Scoring

3S,T; small chorus(STB);
2(II=picc).1.2.1-2.2.1.0-timp.perc-strings

Abbreviations (PDF)

World Premiere
1/11/1862
Salle Choiseul, Paris
Company: Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, Julietta Darcier et al.

Roles

GASTON, Sir Denis's ward Soprano (or Tenor)
LUCILE, the Denis's niece Soprano
NANETTE, Sir and Lady Denis's servant Soprano
BELLEROSE, sergeant of the guard High Baritone
BRINDAMOUR, JOLICOEUR, LA VALEUR, LA RAMÉE, soldiers of the guard
and four more soldiers of the guard Sopranos, Tenors and Basses
Time and Place

Paris, about 1750

Synopsis

Gaston has kidnapped Lucile, his beloved one, from boarding school and wants to marry her with the blessing of Sir and Lady Denis. However, Sir and Lady Denis are away from home. While Nanette prepares a bite to eat for the two runaways, it turns out the 'abduction' of Lucile has been discovered. A sergeant is already standing in front of the house with a search party. Gaston and Lucile quickly dress up in wigs and night gowns as 'Sir and Lady Denis' in an attempt to avoid being caught by the soldiers. After a lot of confusion they are caught at last. However, they manage to put their pursuers out of action with the help of the witty Nanette and a good measure of wine and singing. At that very moment, however, the real 'Sir and Lady Denis' are approaching...

Moods

Comic, Poetic

Subjects

Relationships




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