The Paris Opera: An Encyclopedia of Operas, Ballets, Composers, and Performers Growth and Grandeur, 1815-1914 - Vol. 2

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Tabarin was an opera in two acts with a score by Emile Pessard* and a libretto by Paul Ferrier. It had its world premiere at the Garnier Palace* on 12 January 1885 in a Pedro Gailhard* production with a divertissement by Louis Mérante* (see eighteenth-century volume for divertissement). J.-B. Lavastre (a. 1) and the team of Rubé, Chapéron, and Marcel Jambon (a. 2) provided its sets, and Eugène Lacoste designed its costumes. The composition was derived from the play of the same title that M. Ferrier had produced at the Comédie-Française on 15 June 1874.

The opera opens in a tavern near Pont-Neuf, where Alyson and the other waitresses are serving wine. The archers come down the street on their way to the execution of the actor, Fritelin, and the drinkers pour from the inn to witness his death, (I, 1). Francisquine enters the tavern and complains that her husband, Tabarin, has beaten her. She reads a note that Alyson has been keeping for her. It is a love letter from Gauthier, who asks her whether or not she had ever noticed him among the spectators when she was performing. She replies negatively but encourages his advances. She is about to offer him a suggestion, when she has to hide him because Mondor and Nicaise are returning from the execution. Mondor claims that he has two love potions, but Tabarin belittles their power to affect his wife (I, 2-4).

Francisquine enters, and Tabarin tries to humor her, but she reminds him that he has beaten her only hours previously. He apologizes, but she

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Abbreviations xiii
  • M 790
  • N 916
  • O 955
  • P 990
  • Q 1080
  • R 1081
  • S 1171
  • T 1286
  • V 1338
  • W 1386
  • X 1404
  • Y 1406
  • Z 1409
  • Appendix: The Repertory, 1815-1914 1422
  • Index 1467
  • About the Author 1555
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