Jodelet [Der lächerliche Printz Jodelet (‘The Ridiculous Prince Jodelet’)]
- John H. Roberts
Schertzhaftes Sing-Spiel in five acts by Reinhard Keiser to a libretto by Johann Philipp Praetorius after Matsen’s Jodelet, oder Sein selbst Gefangener; Hamburg, Theater am Gänsemarkt, 1726.
Federic, Crown Prince of Sicily (bass), is fleeing from the soldiers of Fernando, King of Naples (bass), after killing the brother of Isabella, Princess of Salerno (soprano), during a tournament. To elude their pursuers, he and his companion, Octavius (bass), leave their clothes behind in a wood, where they are found by Jodelet (bass), a simpleton, and his bibulous friend Nicolo (tenor). Jodelet and Nicolo decide to masquerade as a prince and his steward and are immediately arrested. At the Neapolitan court Jodelet poses as Prince Federic, putting on absurd airs, while Federic disguises himself under the name Leonhard. Other notable characters include Fernando’s daughter Laura (soprano), Federic’s beloved, and Ermine (soprano), a coquettish lady of the court, who delights in teasing Jodelet and Nicolo. The arrival of Federic’s brother Eduard (bass) at last leads to the unmasking of both Jodelet/Federic and Federic/Leonhard. Fernando agrees to the union of Laura and Federic, and Isabella (who had been in love with Federic) marries Eduard....