Le lac des fées
Le lac des fées (The Fairy Lake) is a grand opera in five acts composed by Daniel Auber to a French libretto by Eugène Scribe and Mélesville (the pen name of Anne-Honoré-Joseph Duveyrier). The story is set in the Harz Mountains and based on a German ballad. The opera premiered at the Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique in Paris on 1 April 1839. The principal roles were sung by the American-born soprano, Maria Dolores Nau (Zélia, Queen of the fairies), the tenor, Gilbert-Louis Duprez (Albert, a young student and poet), the mezzo-soprano, Rosine Stoltz (Marguerite, an innkeeper), and the baritone, Nicolas-Prosper Levasseur (Rodolphe de Croxembourg).
- Casaglia, Gherardo, "1 Aprile 1839", Almanacco Amadeus, 2005. Accessed 18 September 2009 (in Italian).
- Charlton, David, The Cambridge Companion to Grand Opera, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp 184-186. ISBN 0-521-64683-9
- Chorley, Henry Fothergill, Modern German Music: Recollections and Criticisms, Smith, Elder, 1854, pp. 246-247.
- Clément, Félix and Larousse, Pierre, "Lac des fées (Le)", Dictionnaire lyrique ou Histoire des opéras, Slatkine, 1999, p. 392 (in French). ISBN 2-05-101696-8
- Complete libretto in the original French from Œuvres complètes de M. Eugène Scribe (Volume 2), Furne, 1841, pp. 123-146.
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