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Etoile, L’ (‘The Star’)locked

  • Elizabeth Forbes


Opéra bouffe in three acts by (Alexis-)Emmanuel Chabrier to a libretto by Eugène Leterrier and Albert Vanloo; Paris, Bouffes-Parisiens, 28 November 1877.

King Ouf I (tenor) entertains his subjects annually with a public execution. This year the choice of victim is Lazuli (mezzo-soprano), a pedlar who struck the king without knowing who he was. However, when Siroco the Astrologer (bass) tells Ouf that his star and that of Lazuli are so intimately bound up that they will both die on the same day, Ouf cancels the execution. Nothing is too good for Lazuli, who even wins the love of the Princess Laoula (soprano). A pompous foreign Ambassador, Hérisson de Porc-Epic (baritone), is meanwhile having trouble with his attractive but unfaithful wife Aloes (mezzo-soprano), and with Tapioca (baritone), his secretary....

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