Attaque du moulin, L’ (‘The Attack on the Mill’)
- Richard Langham Smith
Drame lyrique in four acts by Alfred Bruneau to a libretto by Louis Gallet after Emile Zola ; Paris, Opéra’Comique (Salle Favart), 23 November 1893.
The opera concerns the plight of a miller’s family when war breaks out. The daughter, Françoise (soprano), has fallen in love with a stranger, Dominique (tenor). After scenes stressing the family’s love of their work and announcing the marriage of the pair, the Town Crier (bass) warns of war. Marcelline (mezzosoprano), wife of the miller Merlier (baritone), fears that it can bring only destruction....