Die keusche Susanne

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Die keusche Susanne (Chaste Susanne) is an operetta in three acts by Jean Gilbert. The German libretto was by Georg Okonkowski, based on the play Le fils à papa by Antony Mars and Maurice Desvallières. Jean Gilbert's son, Robert Gilbert prepared a revised version in 1953.

Performance history[edit]

It was first performed at the Wilhelm-Theater in Magdeburg on 26 February 1910. It was the composer's greatest success, enabling him to move to Berlin to become conductor of the Thalia-Theater.

Adapted into English, by Frederick Fenn and Arthur Wimperis, it was produced in London in 1912 as The Girl in the Taxi. Adapted back into French by Mars and Desvallières, it was produced in Paris and then Lyon in 1913 as La chaste Suzanne. It was also successful in South America in Italian (La casta Susana) and in Spanish (La chasta Suzanna). Gilbert conducted the work there two decades later when he was forced to leave Germany and move to Argentina. In Brazil, the operetta was produced as Susana[spelling?] in São Paulo in 1970.[1] In France the work has continued to be produced into the twenty-first century (for instance in Calais in January 2004, and in 2017 a 1962 French radio performance was released in the form of digital downloads.

Roles[edit]

Three members of the cast of the first Swedish performance of Die keusche Susanne at the Oscarsteatern in Stockholm, 1911. Swedish acresses Manetta Eriksson (later Ryberg) and Lisa Holm are surrounding Norwegian actor Thorleif Allum.
Role Voice type Premiere cast, 26 February 1910
(Conductor: Jean Gilbert)
Susanne Fleuron soprano
Fleuron, a parfumier, Susanne's husband baritone
René Wildhagen tenor
Baron Conrad von Felseneck bass
Clementine von Felseneck, his wife contralto
Pauline von Felseneck, their daughter soprano
Paul von Felseneck, their son tenor
Professor Hintzmeyer baritone
Frau Rosa, his wife contralto
Krause, head waiter at the Palais de Danse baritone
Policeman baritone
A servant soprano
Professors, students, police, ball guests etc.

Time and place: Berlin, about 1900

Instrumentation[edit]

The work is scored for an orchestra consisting of 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 french horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 guitar, 1 celesta, 1 harp, percussion and strings.

Films[edit]

A silent film version Chaste Susanne was made in 1926 by Richard Eichberg, starring Lilian Harvey, Willy Fritsch, Ruth Weyher, and Hans Wassmann. Novafilm Fernsehproduktion also made a version for television in 1972 directed by Thomas Engel with Maria Schell as Susanne.

A French-Spanish film production of the Spanish version La casta Susana (French: La chaste Suzanne) was made in 1963 by Luis César Amadori with Marujita Díaz, Carlos Estrada, Noël Roquevert and Chonette Laurent. 19 years before that, an Argentine film production of the same Spanish version was made in 1944 with Mirtha Legrand as Susana. The movie was directed by Benito Perojo and was aired in the early 90s by the Univision Cable Network in the USA.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Casoy, Sergio. Opera Completa em São Paulo 1952–2003[full citation needed]

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