Lisuart und Dariolette

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Lisuart und Dariolette, oder Die Frage und die Antwort (Lisuart and Dariolette, or The Question and the Answer) is a 'romantisch-comische Oper' by the German composer Johann Adam Hiller.

The libretto was by Daniel Schiebeler based on La fée Urgèle ou Ce qui plaît aux dames by Charles Simon Favart, itself derived from The Wife of Bath's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer.

Performance history[edit]

The opera was first performed in a two-act version at the Rannstädtertor Theater, Leipzig on 25 November 1766. A revised version in three acts was produced on 7 January 1767.


Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 25 November 1766
Conductor: Johann Adam Hiller
Queen Ginevra of England soprano
Dariolette, her daughter soprano
Lisuart, a knight tenor
Derwin, his squire bass


Queen Ginevra of England sends the knight Lisuart to find her lost daughter Dariolette. In the course of his mission, Lisuart has to answer the riddle: "What gives women the most pleasure?"