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FULL LA COLOMBE (Gounod) Compiegne 1994 Ghyslaine Raphanel, Sylvie François, Jean-Philippe Courtis

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La Colombe (The Dove) is an opéra comique in two acts by Charles Gounod with a libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré based on the poem Le Faucon by Jean de la Fontaine. It premiered in a one-act version at the Theater der Stadt in Baden-Baden on 3 August 1860, where it was well received and performed four times. It was revived on 7 June 1866 by the Opéra-Comique at the Salle Favart in Paris in an expanded two-act version with additional music by Gounod.

The opera takes place in Florence. Sylvie, jealous of a social rival’s parrot, pays a visit to Horace in hopes of obtaining his prize dove. The love-stricken admirer has fallen on hard times and resolves to roast and eat the bird. A happier ending for the bird than La Fontaine’s is arranged.


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