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ROUTE LYRIQUE
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Operette

ROUTE LYRIQUE

L'Île de Tulipatan
Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
Jun
09
Operetta in one act by Jacques Offenbach
Libretto in French by Henri Chivot and Alfred Duru
Duration: 1h30
No intermission
CHF:
10
Jun 2023
Friday
09
June 2023
20:00

Welcome to the Duchy of Cacatois XXII

When he premiered L’Île de Tulipatan on 30 September 1868 on “his” stage at the Bouffes-Parisiens, Jacques Offenbach was at the height of his fame and art. The years prior to the Franco-Prussian unrest were a veritable creative firework display for him galvanised by the success of The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein whose librettist Jacques Halévy humorously summarised the perfect timing: “Bismarck is helping to double our income, this time it’s the war we’re laughing at, and the war is on our doorstep”. Offenbach went on to have one success after another, with Robinson Crusoe, Geneviève de Brabant, Le Château à Toto, and La Périchole in which the two central characters bear the flowery names of Octogène Romboïdal, grand seneschal, and Cacatois XXII, duke and supreme chief of the island. Afterwards, as is often the case with Offenbach, the (surface) laughter is not without a certain depth – in this case the question of sexual orientation on the threshold of adulthood, embodied by the “tomboyish” character of Hermosa, the grand seneschal’s daughter, and by the delicate and graceful behaviour of Prince Alexis, the duke’s son, which has prompted some commentators to consider the work as the first… homosexual operetta in history!

Premiere on 9 June 2023 at the Théâtre du Jorat followed by a tour in the canton of Vaud and in French-speaking Switzerland.
Tour locations and dates available soon.

Boosey & Hawks Publishing

Conductor
Léonard Ganvert
Director
Gilles Rico