Le Lac Des Fées Opéra en Cinq Actes Paroles de MM. Scribe et Melesville. [Piano-vocal score]. Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER.

Le Lac Des Fées Opéra en Cinq Actes Paroles de MM. Scribe et Melesville. [Piano-vocal score]

Paris: Troupenas & Cie. [PN T. 710], [ca. 1839].

Folio. Disbound.

No. 2 bis. Air chanté par Mr. Duprez. Prix: 4f. 50c. 9 pp.
No. 4. Air chanté par Mlle. Nau. Prix: 4f. 50c. 9 pp.
No. 5. Air chanté par Mme. Stolz. Prix: 3f. 5 pp.
No. 6. Romance chantée par Mlle. Nau. Prix: 2f. 3 pp.
No. 7 bis. Air chanté par Mr. Levasseur. (Transposé pour Voix de Tenor). Prix: 4f. 50c. 9 pp.
No. 8. Duo chanté par Mlle. Nau et Mr. Duprez. Prix: 3f. 75c. 5 pp.
No. 12. Couplets chantés par Mr. Duprez. Prix: 2f. 50. 3 pp.
No. 13. Air chanté par Mr. Duprez. Prix: 4f. 50c. 9 pp.
No. 14. Couplets chantés par Mr. Duprez. Prix: 2f. 50c. 3 pp.
No 17 bis. Cavatine chantée par Mlle. Nau. Prix: 3f. 5 pp.

Engraved. Moderately foxed.

Le Lac des fées was first performed at the Opéra in Paris on 1 April 1839.

"The opera is more important for its mise en scène than for its music. The descent of the fairy-sisters to the lake is a vehicle for elaborate stage effects and ballet sequences. That scene and a madness–dream sequence in Act 4 reflect the strong influence that the convent scene from Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable continued to wield at the Opéra. Though the opera had only 30 performances, its overture, one of Auber’s best, remained popular in France throughout the 19th century." Laurie Shulman in Grove Music Online. The complete set of 18 numbers was issued in 1839 (Schneider p. 995).

Together with:
A group of 6 (of 21) separately-published numbers from Auber's Le Domino Noir Opéra Comique en trois actes Paroles de E. Scribe. [Piano-vocal score]. Paris: Troupoenas [PN T 547], [ca. 1837]. Folio. Disbound.

No. 1. bis. Romance chantée par Mme. Damoreau Cinti. Prix: 2f. 50c. 3 pp.
No. 2. Couples chantés par Mme. Damoreau Cinti. Prix: 2f. 50c. 3 pp.
No. 4. Couplets chantés par Mme. Boulanger. Prix: 3f. 5 pp.
No. 7. Couplets chantés par Mr. Roy. Prix: 2f.50c. 3 pp.
No. 11. Couplets chantés par Melle. Berthault. Prix: 2f. 50c. 3 pp.
No. 16 bis. Cantique chanté par Mme. Damoreau Cinti. Prix: 2f. 50c. 3 pp.

Engraved. Moderately foxed.

First performed in Paris at the Opéra Comique (Salle Bourse) on 2 December 1837, Le domino noir was Auber’s most successful opéra comique in Paris, with over 1200 performances by 1909. Schneider p. 906.

Auber was the foremost composer of opéra comique in nineteenth-century France. His operas enjoyed great success not only in his native France but also in Germany, Denmark, and England. In addition to his activities as a composer, Auber was for a time the director of the Paris Conservatoire.

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