La reine Fiammette

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La reine Fiammette is an opera in four acts by composer Xavier Leroux. The opera uses a French language libretto by Catulle Mendès which is based on Mendès's 1898 work of the same name, a conte dramatique in six acts set in Renaissance Italy. The opera's premiere was given by the Opéra-Comique at the Salle Favart theatre in Paris on 23 December 1903. The production was directed by Albert Carré and conducted by André Messager. The United States premiere of the work was given at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on 24 January 1919. That production was directed by Richard Ordynski, conducted by Pierre Monteux, and starred Geraldine Farrar as Orlanda, Hipolito Lazaro as Danièlo, Adamo Didur as Giorgio, Léon Rothier as César, and Flora Perini as Pantasilée.[1] Up to the Second World War the opera received 59 performances at the Opéra-Comique.[2]


Jean Périer as Giorgio d'Ast
Role Voice type Premiere cast
(Conductor: André Messager)
Orlanda (Fiammette) soprano Mary Garden
Danièlo tenor Adolphe Maréchal
Giorgio d'Ast baritone Jean Périer
Cardinal César Sforza baritone André Allard
Pantasilée soprano Jeanne Tiphaine
Lucagnolo baritone Jean Delvoye
Viola soprano Lucy Vauthrin
Violette soprano Rachel Launay
Violine soprano Angèle Pornot
Jean Césano tenor Jahn
Pomone soprano Daffeyte
Michela soprano Delmai
Jean Vasari tenor Minvielle
Agramente mezzo-soprano Jeanne Passama
Pompeo Cortèz baritone Henri Dutilloy
Castiglione tenor Ernest Carbonne
Chiarina soprano Alice Cortez
Angioletta mezzo-soprano Yvonne Dumesnil
Prosecutor bass Jean Giraud
1st Youth mezzo-soprano Yvonne Dumesnil
2nd Youth soprano Marguerite Giraud-Carré


  1. ^ Metropolitan Opera archives
  2. ^ Wolff, Stéphane. Un demi-siècle d'Opéra-Comique (1900-1950). André Bonne, Paris, 1953, p149.