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FULL Croquefer (Offenbach) Bourg-en-Bresse 2007 Michel Bohnenblust, Philipe Gortari, Philippe Noncle, Catherine Rouard

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  • Published by: M. Payement  
  • Date Published: 2021  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 3 Audio:3
  • Subtitles: yessubs, frsubs, gensubs  
  • Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO

Croquefer, ou Le dernier des paladins is a one-act opéra bouffe by Jacques Offenbach to a French libretto by Adolphe Jaime and Étienne Tréfeu, first performed in 1857 in Paris. It satirizes the immorality of the Crusades and the arrogance of medieval knighthood.

Performance history
The successful premiere was at the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, Rue Monsigny, Paris, on 12 February 1857, subsequently revived, and productions followed in Vienna (as Ritter Eisenfrass) in 1864 and London (as The Last of the Paladins) in 1868. The work was first performed in England on 1 July 1857 at St James’s Theatre during Offenbach’s second visit to London, arranged by his father-in-law John Mitchell, when the composer brought the Bouffes company including orchestra and offered 19 different pieces, 11 by him.

The authors had defied the theatrical regulation forbidding more than four characters in a stage piece at the Bouffes Parisiens theatre by adding a fifth who had no tongue and could therefore only ‘sing’ grunts and barks in the ‘quintet’. In the Duo Offenbach mocks the Salle Le Peletier, home of the Paris Opéra, and quotes from operas by Meyerbeer, Donizetti and Halévy.

A complete performance of Croquefer forms part of the 1996 television film Offenbachs Geheimnis, directed by István Szabó, with Graham Clark and Laurence Dale among the cast. Croquefer was revived by the Compagnie Les Brigands at the Théâtre de l’Athénée as part of a double-bill with L’Île de Tulipatan in December 2012.[7] Opera della Luna revived an English version of the piece in England in 2016

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