Opera Scotland

Robert Planquette Suggest updates

Born Paris, 31 July 1848.

Died Paris, 28 January 1903.

French composer.

Planquette's most famous work, Les Cloches de Corneville had a lengthy success in Britain, with performances even by amateur groups well into the twentieth century. Not only were several subsequent pieces premiered in London, but Paul Jones, the English version of Surcouf, was even used as the launch vehicle for Carl Rosa's Light Opera Company - a promising venture cut short by his death. The Old Guard was also a popular touring show for several seasons.

Operas performed in Scotland are shown in bold:

01   Méfie-toi de Pharaon (Paris 1872) (Villemer & Delormel)

02   Paille d’avoine (Paris 1874) (Rozale & Lemonnier)

03   Le serment de Mme Grégoire (Paris 1874) (Pericaud & Delormel)

04   Le valet de coeur (Paris 1875) (Pericaud, Villemer & Delormel)

05   Le péage (Paris 1876) (André)

06   Les Cloches de Corneville (Paris 1877) (Clairville & Gabet)

07   Le chevalier Gaston (Monte Carlo 1879) (Veron)

08   Les voltigeurs de la 32eme (Paris 1880, rev as “The Old Guard” London 1887) (Gondinet & Duval, rev Farnie)

09   Le fiancée de Margot (1880; Paris 1900) (Bisson)

10   La cantinière (Paris 1880) (Burani & Ribere)

11   Rip van Winkle (London 1882; rev as “Rip”, Paris 1884) (Farnie, rev Meilhac & Gille)

12   Les chevaux-légers (Paris 1882) (Pericaud & Delormel)

13   Nell Gwynne (London 1884, rev as “La princesse Colombine” Paris 1886) (Farnie, rev Ordonneau & André)

14   La crémaillère (Paris 1885) (Burani & Brasseur)

15   Surcouf (Paris 1887, rev as “Paul Jones” London 1889) (Chivot & Duru, rev Farnie)

16   Le capitaine Thérèse (London 1890) (Bisson & Burnand)

17   La cocarde tricolore (Paris 1892) (Ordonneau)

18   Le talisman (Paris 1893) (d’Ennery & Burani)

19   Les vingt-huit jours de Champignolette (Paris 1895) (Burani)

20   Panurge (Paris 1895) (Meilhac & Saint-Albin)

21   Mam'zelle Quat'sous (Paris 1897) (Mars & Desvallières)

22   Le paradis de Mahomet (comp Ganne) (Paris 1906) (Blondeau)

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