L'île de Merlin, ou Le monde renversé

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L'île de Merlin, ou Le monde renversé (Merlin's Island, or the World Upended) is an opéra comique in one act composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck to a 1753 French libretto by Louis Anseaume based on Alain René Lesage and D'Orneval's 1718 vaudeville comedy Le monde renversé. Gluck's version was first performed on 3 October 1758 at the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.[1][2]

Roles[edit]

Role Voice type[3] Premiere Cast, 3 October 1758
Merlin tenor
Argentine, Merlin's niece soprano
Diamantine, Merlin's niece soprano
Pierrot bass
Scapin bass
A philosopher tenor
M. de la Candeur, a dandy tenor
Hippocratine soprano
Chevalier de Catonville, a procurator tenor
M. Prud'homme, a notary bass
Hanif tenor
Zerbin spoken role

References[edit]

  1. ^ Koob, Lindsay (23 May 2007). "Review: L'Ile de Merlin". Charleston City Paper
  2. ^ Hauschka, Thomas (2005). "Preface" (English translation by Bradford J. Robinson). L'Ile de Merlin, ou Le monde renversé piano/vocal score, pp. x–xii. Bärenreiter-Verlag Karl Vötterle
  3. ^ Roles and voice types from Hauschka (2005) p. iii

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