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date: 31 March 2020

Vénitienne, La (‘The Venetian’)locked

  • Jérôme de La Gorce

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(‘The Venetian’)

Ballet in a prologue and three acts by Michel de La Barre to a libretto by Antoine Houdar de Lamotte ; Paris, Opéra, 26 May 1705.

The story is set in Venice, in a cellar and an apartment near St Mark’s Square. The inconstant Octave deserts Isabelle in order to court Léonore; but, after intervening in a magic ceremony, hiding in the darkness, then appearing in disguise at a ball, Isabelle finally succeeds in winning the heart of the one she loves. The third act proved the most popular: it was revived in 1711 as the last entrée of Les nouveaux fragments (a work composed of extracts of operas by Lully, Campra and Destouches) and in 1726 as the third divertissement of Le ballet sans titre (extracts of operas by Stuck, Mouret and Campra). The libretto, which shows the influence of that for Le Carnaval et la Folie by Lamotte for Destouches (...

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