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Princess of Trébizonde La Princesse de Trébizonde

Music

Jacques Offenbach

Text

Charles Nuitter and Etienne Tréfeu.

 

Premieres

First Performance: Baden-Baden (Neues Theater), 31 July 1869.

First Performance (Revision): Paris (Bouffes-Parisiens), 7 December 1869.

First Performance in UK: London (Gaiety Theatre), 16 April 1870.

First Performance in Scotland: tbc.

Scottish Opera premiere: N/A.

 

Background

Baden-Baden was a highly fashionable German spa town, frequented by the cream of European society, as much for its casino as for its health-giving waters. The theatre hosted commissions of new work by a number of the prominent composers of the day, including Berlioz (Béatrice et Bénédict 1862) and Gounod (La colombe 1860). The former is now recognised as a brilliant, if flawed, work, and the Gounod has found some champions recently (the only opera to feature twice in programmes at Buxton). Offenbach's Princess was initially successful, touring most of Europe and to New York. But it has languished since then, outshone by the consistently superb classics that it followed.

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