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Geneviève de Brabant

Music

Jacques Offenbach (born Cologne, 20 June 1819; died Paris, 5 October 1880)

Text

Adolphe Jaime and Etienne Tréfeu, revised by Hector Crémieux

Source

Original

 

Premières

First Performance: Paris (Bouffes-Parisiens), 19 November 1859.

First Performance (revised): Paris (Menus-Plaisirs), 26 December 1867.

First Performance in UK: London (Philharmonic), 11 November 1871.

First Performance in Scotland: to be confirmed.

Scottish Opera première: N/A.

 

Background

Geneviève de Brabant was one of the first Offenbach pieces to be successful in Britain. The work itself is now forgotten, but one item, the famous 'Gendarmes' Duet' has maintained its popularity.

The Cast

Barberino
 a Maid of Honour
Brigitte
 Geneviève's confidante
Burgomaster
 
Charles Martel
 a Paldin
Christine
 a Maid of Honour
Cocorico
 Duke of Brabant
Drogan
 an apprentice pastry cook
Geneviève
 Duchess of Brabant
Golo
 Minister of Police
Graburges
 one of the gens d'armes
Gretchen
 a Maid of Honour
Gudule
 a Maid of Honour
Hermit
 of the Valley
Houblonne
 a Maid of Honour
Isoline
 a Maid of Honour
Oswald
 the Duke's page
Peterkin
 a page of the household
Philibert
 Martel's squire
Pip
 a page of the household
Pitou
 one of the gens d'armes

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