Marius et Fanny

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Marius et Fanny is an opera (opéra comique) in two acts composed by Vladimir Cosma. The libretto by Michel Lengliney, Jean-Pierre Lang, Michel Rivegauche, Antoine Chalamel, Michel Arbatz and Vladimir Cosma is based on Marcel Pagnol's stage and film trilogy Marius, Fanny and César (known as the Trilogie marseillaise). The opera premiered on 4 September 2007 at the Opéra de Marseille with Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu in the title roles.[1][2][3]


Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu who created the roles of Marius and Fanny at the world premiere
Role Voice type Premiere cast, 4 September 2007[2]
Conductor: Jacques Lacombe
Marius tenor Roberto Alagna
Fanny soprano Angela Gheorghiu
César, Marius's father bass-baritone Jean-Philippe Lafont
Honorine, Fanny's mother soprano Isabelle Vernet
Honoré Panisse, a sail merchant and César's best friend baritone Marc Barrard
Monsieur Brun. a customs official from Lyon tenor Bruno Comparetti
Escartefigue, a ferry captain tenor Eric Huchet
Piquoiseau, an old sailor turned beggar bass-baritone Antoine Garcin
César's bar clients, soubrettes, port workers


Setting: The Old Port of Marseille in the 1930s

Marius works in his father's bar at the port, but has dreams of becoming a sailor. His childhood sweetheart, Fanny, works in her mother's shellfish stall at the port. When Fanny becomes pregnant with Marius's child, their parents urge the young couple to marry. After their engagement, Fanny realizing his disappointment, encourages him to follow his dream of going to sea. Marius abandons her, and she marries her elderly admirer, Honoré Panisse, to provide a father for her baby. When Marius returns from sea and finds Fanny married, he tries to win her back, but to no avail. despite the fact that she still loves him. Their son, Césariot, is being raised as Panisse's legitimate child, and in the intervening years, Fanny has been transformed into "the perfect bourgeois wife".[4]

Scene from Zum goldenen Anker, a 1946 German stage adaptation of Pagnol's Trilogie marseillaise

Other adaptations of Pagnol's Trilogie marseillaise[edit]


  1. ^ France 3 (2013). Marius et Fanny. Retrieved 3 September 2013 (French).
  2. ^ a b Dalzon, Christian (2007). Vladimir Cosma: Marius et Fanny (création). ConcertoNet. Retrieved 3 September 2013 (French).
  3. ^ Lanzoni, Rémi Fournier (2004). French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present, pp. 67–70. Continuum. ISBN 0826416004
  4. ^ Mudge, Stephen J. (December 2007). "In review: Marseilles". Opera News. Retrieved 7 September 2013 (subscription required).
  5. ^ Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. Szenenbilder aus dem Stück "Zum goldenen Anker" von Marcel Pagnol im Schlossparktheater Berlin-Steglitz (mit Schauspielmusik von Leo Spies). Retrieved 7 September 2013 (German)
  6. ^ La Croix (9 July 2013). "Daniel Auteuil adapte Pagnol avec brio". Retrieved 7 September 2013 (French).