Monsieur Choufleuri

Title Monsieur Choufleuri restera chez lui le …
Composer Jacques Offenbach (1819 – 1880)
Librettists De Saint-Rémy, Halévy, Crémieux and Lépine.
Genre Light opera in one act.
First performance September 14th, 1861,
Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, Paris.
Time of action Paris, ca. 1830.
Place of action Bourgeois drawing-room furnished in vulgar taste.
Main parts
Monsieur Choufleuri comic bass
Ernestine, his daughter soprano
Chrysodule Babylas,
her lover
Butler comic tenor or baritone
Prominence of chorus In the first part: soloists only. Second part: lots to do for chorus.
Orchestra 2 flutes, 1 oboe, 2 clarinets, 1 bassoon,
2 French horns, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone,
kettle-drums, percussion, strings.
Special demands None.
Full score and orchestral parts Available.
Level Not at all difficult.
Length One act, about one hour.
Music The opera is specially famed for the grand trio in which Italian belcanto is parodied. There is a solo for the soprano, a duet for soprano and tenor, another amusing trio and a comic solo for the butler.
Story M. Choufleuri, a nouveau riche, wants to figure not just in the world of finance but also in that of culture. He decides to give a concert of Italian opera at his home, engaging three famous singers. The three stars, however, call off their appearance at the last minute. Choufleuri’s daughter knows what to do: she will sing the soprano part, her boy-friend will be the tenor and her father the bass. The concert is a great success. The tenor now demands Choufleuri’s consent for marrying his daughter and a sizable dowry into the bargain, threatening to reveal the fraud if he refuses. The only thing Choufleuri can do is comply.
Costumes 19th century costume (ca. 1830) for soloists and chorus.
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