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date: 22 October 2019

Amours de Ragonde, Les [Les amours de Ragonde, ou La soirée de village (‘The Loves of Ragonde, or The Village Evening’)]locked

  • James R. Anthony

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[Les amours de Ragonde, ou La soirée de village (‘The Loves of Ragonde, or The Village Evening’)]

Comédie lyrique in three acts by Jean-Joseph Mouret to a libretto by Philippe Néricault-Destouches, Sceaux, December 1714, as Le mariage de Ragonde et de Colin, ou La veillée de village (revised version, Paris, Opéra, 30 January 1742, as Les amours de Ragonde, ou La soirée de village).

Ragonde (tenor), an aged widow with only ‘four teeth’, proposes marriage to the young shepherd Colin (haute-contre), who loves Ragonde’s daughter Colette (soprano). Colette, however, loves Lucas (bass). Ragonde will agree to their union only when she herself is betrothed to Colin. Demons and sprites released by Ragonde surround Colin in the divertissement of Act 2, threatening him unless he agrees to marry Ragonde. In Act 3 all the villagers celebrate the double wedding of Lucas to Colette and of the hapless Colin to Ragonde.

Only the libretto is extant from the performance at Sceaux in 1714. The reduced score, printed by Mouret’s widow in ...

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