Le lac des fées

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Le lac des fées (The Fairy Lake) is a grand opera in five acts composed by Daniel Auber to a French libretto by Eugène Scribe and Mélesville (the pen name of Anne-Honoré-Joseph Duveyrier). The story is set in the Harz Mountains and based on a German ballad. The opera was premiered by the Paris Opera at the Salle Le Peletier on 1 April 1839.


Role[1] Voice type[2] Premiere Cast,[3] 1 April 1839
(Conductor: )
Zéila, young fairy soprano Maria Delorès Nau
Albert, student tenor Gilbert Duprez
Marguerite, innkeeper soprano Rosine Stoltz
Rodolphe de Cronembourg, seigneur châtelain bass Nicolas Levasseur
Issachar, Jewish merchant tenor Pierre François Wartel
Fritz, student, companion of Albert bass Ferdinand Prévôt
Conrad, student, companion of Albert tenor Alexis Dupont
Pickler, crook bass Molinier
Edda, young fairy soprano Élian Barthélemy
A young shepherd soprano Élian Barthélemy



  1. ^ Scribe libretto from Œuvres complètes, 1841.
  2. ^ Vocal score at IMSLP.
  3. ^ 1839 libretto; Tamvaco 2000, pp. 869–870.


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