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Music Text

Libretto by M. de Saint Rémy (= A. de Morny), E. L’Epine, Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy; German version by Stefan Troßbach (F,G)


2S,T,2bufT,lyrBar,2speaking roles; chorus;

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


World Premiere
Présidence du Corps Législatif, Paris
Company: unknown

World premiere of version
MC2, Auditorium et Grand Théâtre, Grenoble
Laurent Pelly, director
Conductor: Jérémie Rohrer (Grenoble) / Benjamin Levy (Lyon)
Company: Ensemble, Choir and Orchestra of L'Opera de Lyon


CHOUFLEURI, pensioner Lyric Baritone
ERNESTINE, his daughter Soubrette Soprano
CHRYSODULE BABYLAS, a young composer Buffo Tenor
PETERMANN, Choufleuri's servant Buffo Tenor
Mr and Mrs BALANDARD, guests Tenor, Soprano (or Tenor)
Further 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.



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