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Le Toreador ou l'Accord parfait

Opera bouffon in two acts

By Adolphe-Charles Adam

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Soprano voice solo, tenor voice solo, bass voice solo, baritone voice solo, 4 choirs, orchestra (Soprano Voice Solo, Tenor Voice Solo, Bass Voice Solo, Baritone Voice Solo, 4Ch, Orchestra)
Opera bouffon in two acts. Composed by Adolphe-Charles Adam (1803-1856). Edited by Paul Prevost. Arranged by Karl-Heinz Muller. This edition: urtext edition. Paperback. Musica Gallica. Original French text with singing German translation. Vocal score. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA08701-90. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA08701-90).

Item Number: BA.BA08701-90

ISBN 9790006530502. 27 x 19 cm inches. Language: French/German. Translation: Josef Heinzelmann. Text: Thomas Sauvage.

Inspired by models from the Commedia dell'Arte, the plot is set in Seville and presents the old "Greybeard" Don Belflor (a retired bullfighter and womanizer), his young wife Coraline and her lover Tracolin. In a highly contemporary way, this leads to a three-way relationship of which everyone approves. The "accord parfait" is a perfect triad consisting of exactly three notes. It is noticeable that the libretti of the Second Republic were no longer subject to censor.

Two arias were planned for each role. As a flautist, Tracolin also knows how to evoke famous melodies from the French opera repertoire in his advances. The centerpieces are the two trios. One of these, the variation number Ah! vous dirai-je, maman, is the jewel of the opera: here, vocal virtuosity and the comedy of the situation are combined with brilliant ease.

The vocal score is based on the first scholarly critical edition of the opera. This appears in the series L'Opera franais edited by Paul Prevost. Here the spoken dialogue text is integrated with the music for the first time.

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