Le tableau parlant

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Le tableau parlant (The Talking Picture) is an opéra comique, described as a comédie-parade, in one act by André Grétry, The French text was by Louis Anseaume.

Performance history[edit]

It was first performed at the Comédie-Italienne, Paris on 20 September 1769.

Roles[edit]

Role Voice type Premiere Cast, September 20, 1769
(Conductor: - )
Isabelle soprano Marie-Jeanne Trial
Léandre tenor Antoine Trial
Cassandre tenor Jean-Louis Laruette
Pierrot tenor Jean-Baptiste Guignard
Columbine soprano Marie-Thérèse Laruette-Villette

Synopsis[edit]

In the absence of Isabelle's lover Léandre, Cassandre persuades Isabelle to marry him instead. Cassandre leaves and in the meantime Léandre returns and Isabelle changes her mind. She asks Cassandre's portrait for his agreement to the changed state of affairs, only to find that Cassandre himself is concealed behind the picture.

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