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Ô mon bel inconnu

Musical comedy in three acts by Reynaldo Hahn on a libretto by Sacha Guitry, first performed at the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens in 1933.
Light Music
The hatter, Prosper Aubertin, dissatisfied with the daily grind of his bourgeois life, dreams of having extramarital affairs. However, he is annoyed to find propositions from his wife, daughter and maid among the replies to an anonymous personal ad he had placed in the agony column. To find out what these women really want, he invites them all to a villa in the south of France. “This tragedy could have been called Know Thyself, and it could have ended very badly. As I was writing it in Alexandrines and before offering it to the Comédie-Française, I thought carefully for a good ten minutes… then I made it into a comedy”, joked Sacha Guitry. This musical comedy is the second lyric collaboration between the author and Reynaldo Hahn. At this time, the composer was enjoying well-deserved fame in the light lyric genres: after Ciboulette (1923), he had scored success after success in the smaller theatres of Paris and Ô mon bel inconnu did not disappoint. Le Figaro singled out the “elegance of tone and distinction of form” so characteristic of Hahn in the interwar period, while regarding him as the rightful heir of André Messager. What more could anyone want? A perfect cast for the first performance: headed by Jean Aquistapace and livened up by Arletty in the role of Félicie.


Sun 15 October 2023
Prinzregententheater, Munich


Hervé Niquet conductor

Prosper Thomas Dolié
Antoinette Antoinette Dennefeld
Marie-Anne Marianne Croux
Félicie Lucie Peyramaure
Claude Philippe Estèphe
Jean-Paul / Hilarion Lallumette Pierre Derhet
M. Victor Laurent Deleuil
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Press quotes

Reynaldo Hahn n’aurait peut-être jamais osé rêver d’être aussi bien servi

Laurent Bury,
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Malice, tendresse, effervescence : le spectacle réglé par Emeline Bayart aiguise les mots de Sacha Guitry enveloppés de musique par Reynaldo Hahn.

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Une mise en scène sans fautes.

Toute La Culture
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