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Livret d'opera a identifier BOURASSA ANDRE G

Question d'un nouveau membre, de Hong Kong. Premier element de reponse:
il existe une comedie de Voltaire dont le titre est precisement _Nanine_,
de 1749. L'opera en question en est peut-etre une version (ce ne serait
pas etonnant puisque _Mahomet_ a ete mis en musique et donne au XVIIIe s.
aux Etats-Unis), mais je ne suis pas en mesure de verifier si la structure
dramatique de _Nanine_ correspond a celle qui est ici donnee. Je n'en ai
d'ailleurs jamais connu que cette parodie (j'ose croire que c'est une
parodie) de l'alliteration qui nous etait donnee en contre-exemple:
     "Non il n'est rien que Nanine n'honore".
Amities, Andre G. Bourassa.

On Tue, 18 Mar 1997, Brian Thompson wrote:
> Bonjour,
> Je cherche a identifier la source d'un opera comique, compose aux 
> Etat-Unis pendant les annees 1870. Je crois que le livret est base sur 
> un roman francais, ecrit des les premieres annees du 18ieme siecle. Le 
> compositeur est peu connu aujourd'hui, et je prefere de vous donner
> seulement le synopsis, publie a Boston, en 1881. Si vous reconnaissiez
> n'importe quel aspect de l'histoire, je serais tres reconnaissant de
> recevoir vos idees.
> Merci d'avance! 
> Brian Thompson
> University of Hong Kong
> The scene of the First Act is laid in the South of France, near the
> Spanish frontier.  The occasion being a fete in honor of Nanine, niece
> of the Duc de Trop.  The young lady is in love with Marcel Dubois, but
> the Duc opposes their marriage.  The Marquis Beauseant, having just
> returned from his wedding tour, attends the fete with his bride, where
> he unexpectedly meets the widow (Donna Paquita) to whom he had been
> engaged, but had deserted, and unknown to Paquita, married Adele
> Henriques of her fortune.  To her surprise, the widow learns that he has
> discarded her and married another.  A stormy interview ensues, in which
> she reproaches hem for his perfidy, and in order to punish him pretends
> to drown herself.  The Marquis, in endeavoring to prevent her, is
> observed by Passepoil, an attendant, who (not having seen the widow, and
> hearing the Marquis repeating  her last words as he runs toward the
> water) imagines the Marquis is about to commit suicide, endeavors to
> stay him.  The Marquis, thinking Passepoil was a witness to the drowning
> of the widow, and that he (the Marquis) was the cause, buys Passepoil's
> silence, and resolves to fly from the neighborhood.
> The Second Act opens at the chateau of Madame Grizzelle, at Narbonne,
> where we find the Marquis Beauseant under the assumed name of Mons.
> Guiboulard, having dropped his title and discarded his real name for
> fear of detection as the murderer of the widow.  Madame Grizzelle
> endeavors to secure him as the husband for her daughter Lizette, who is
> in love with Gaspar Minard, who Madame has never seen.  Gaspar pays
> Lizette a visit, and having learned that Madame Grizzelle is a very dear
> friend of Adele, Marchioness Beauseant, and unacquainted with the
> Marquis, introduces himself to Madame Grizzelle as the Marquis
> Beauseant.  M. Guiboulard (the true Marquis Beauseant) meets Gaspar,
> who, not knowing he is addressing the real Marquis, informs him that he
> is the Marquis Beauseant.  Guiboulard, fearing he is a spy endeavoring
> to trace out the circumstances of he drowning of the widow, dares not
> expose him.  Passepoil, who has lately been engaged by Madame Grizzelle
> as a n attendant, comes in contact with the Marquis, who again purchases
> his silence in regard to the affair at the fete.  Nanine, who is a guest
> at the chateau of Madame Grizzelle, in order to prevent a marriage, on
> which the Duc, her uncle, insists, persuades M. Guiboulard (the Marquis)
> to represent himself to the Duc as her husband.  During the interview
> Guiboulard accidentally drops a card, on which are his real name and
> title.  The Marchioness shortly afterward arrives at the chateau ; the
> Duc shows her the card, and informs her that the Marquis Beauseant is
> the husband of his niece.
> In the Third Act the Marquis, fearing discovery as the cause of the
> drowning of the widow, refuses to tell his wife the reason of his
> disguising his name and title.  Madame Grizzelle, still under the
> impression that Gaspar is the Marquis Beauseant, and mistaking their
> reserve, upon his meeting the Marchioness, for a slight domestic
> difficulty, endeavors to heal the breach, much to the annoyance of the
> true Marquis.  The widow, Donna Paquita, comes upon the scene, and the
> Marquis, believing her to have been drowned, imagines that he has seen
> her ghost.  Passepoil then defines the situation.  Madame Grizzelle
> forgives Gaspar the deception he practised on her and consents to his
> union with Lizette.  Nanine is united to Marcel.  The widow finally
> persuades the Duc to offer her had, and the Marquis being relieved of
> his fears, explains all to the Marchioness.