Monsieur Choufleuri restera chez lui le ..., Jacques Offenbach

Title Monsieur Choufleuri restera chez lui le ...
English Title Monsieur Choufleuri
Composer Jacques Offenbach
Librettists De Saint-Rémy, Halévy, Crémieux and Lépine
Language French, Dutch translation available
Genre Light opera in one act
First performance September 14th, 1861, Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, Paris
Time of action Paris, about 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, tenor
  • 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 horns, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, timpani/percussion, strings
Special demands None
Full score and orchestral parts Available
Level Not at all difficult.
Length One act, about one hour

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.


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
Pictures Brussels Operette Theater, December 2015 Brussels Operette Theater, December 2015, Ernestine dressed up as a famous soprano Brussels Operette Theater, December 2015, Choufleuri in disguise as a famous singer Brussels Operette Theater, December 2015, finale
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