Opera Scotland

Count of Luxembourg Der Graf von Luxemburg; The Count of Luxembourg

Music

Franz Lehár (born Komorn, 30 April 1870; died Bad Ischl, 24 October 1948)

Text

Alfred Maria Willner and Robert Bodansky.

Source

Libretto for Die Göttin der Vernunft (1897) by Willner and Bernhard Buchbinder (set by J Strauss)

 

Premieres

First Performance: Vienna (Theater an der Wien), 12 November 1909.

First Performance in UK: London (Daly's Theatre), 20 May 1911.

First Performance in Scotland: Edinburgh (Royal Lyceum Theatre), 5 February 1912.

First Performance by Scottish Opera: n/a.

 

Plot Summary

The story revolves around the complications that ensue from a marriage of convenience.

Angèle is a wealthy and fashionable opera star who wants to rise in the social sphere. A title of some sort will assist her in the hunt for the wealthy aristocrat of her dreams. An elderly Grand Duke is a suitable candidate, enthusiastic and wealthy. He comes up with a scheme for narrowing the vast social gap that prevents him from marrying her. His young friend René has a title, but no money, and owes the Duke a favour. A trade is arranged whereby René and Angèle marry, but never meet - they are screened from one another during the ceremony. They will immediately separate, and, after a few months, divorce, leaving her with the much-desired title. Some time later, inevitably, they do meet and fall in love, but cannot marry until the apparent barriers are removed. There is a subplot dealing with the romance between an artist, Brissard, and his model, Juliette.

The Cast

Angèle Didier
 an opera singer
Babette
 
Boulanger
 an artist
Brissard
 an artist
Clairette
 
Coralie
 
Count René of Luxembourg
 an impoverished aristocrat
Dancer
 
Fleurette
 
Grand Duke Rutzinov
 
Juliette
 a model
Lavigne
 an artist
Lisette
 
M de Pierre
 
M de Sullignac
 
M de Tresac
 
M de Valmont
 
Mentschikoff
 attendant on the Grand Duke
Ninette
 
Paulovitch
 attendant on the Grand Duke
Pelegrin
 attendant on the Grand Duke
Princess Kokozeff
 
Registrar
 
Saville
 an artist
Sidonie
 
Suzette
 
Therese
 

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