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La Fille de Madame Angot

Opéra-comique in three acts, music by Charles Lecocq, libretto by Clairville, Paul Siraudin and Victor Koning, premiered at the Théâtre des Fantaisies-Parisiennes, Brussels, on 4 December 1872. First version of 1872, Bruxelles
Opera Light Music
Following its Brussels premiere, La Fille de Madame Angot was produced at the Folies-Dramatiques in Paris on 21 February 1873. At the time of the Directory, Clairette Angot, an orphan raised by the Dames des Halles (Parisian market women), is betrothed to the wigmaker Pomponnet. However, she is in love with Ange Pitou, a historical figure who was a journalist and singer of counter-revolutionary songs, deported to Guyana after the Coup of 18 Fructidor Year V (4 September 1797). After all kinds of romantic episodes, colourfully conveyed with numerous details intended to enhance the historical accuracy of the work, the young heroine resigns herself to marrying her wigmaker and Pitou resolves to wait for her, counting on her lack of virtue, confident that in that respect she will follow in the footsteps of her mother, Madame Angot. The opera was a huge success and remained on the bill at the Folies-Dramatiques for over four hundred performances, going on to tour several French towns, then all over the world. It is still relatively popular and remains in the operatic repertory today. The Palazzetto Bru Zane presents the first modern performance and world premiere recording of the first (Brussels) version, with its original orchestration and several numbers that are unknown today.


Wed 30 June 2021
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris


Sébastien Rouland conductor
Clairette Angot Anne-Catherine Gillet
Mademoiselle Lange Véronique Gens
Pomponnet Artavazd Sargsyan
Ange Pitou Mathias Vidal
Larivaudière Matthieu Lécroart
Amarante / Babette / Javotte Ingrid Perruche
Louchard Antoine Philippot
Trenitz Flannan Obé
Cadet / Un Incroyable / Un Officier David Witczak
Concert performance
Co-production Palazzetto Bru Zane / Théâtre des Champs-Élysées / Orchestre de chambre de Paris
Scores published by the Palazzetto Bru Zane
Recorded for the ‘French opera’ series – Bru Zane Label

See scores Scores list (cnts).3 (2nd & 3rd ad lib.).0./timp./tr+GC./SATB choir/strings
Opéra-comique in 3 acts for soloists, choir and orchestra
Orchestral score / orchestral parts / facsimile reduction for voice and piano
About 2h45
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