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One Act Series: Operas by Offenbach

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1501 N Oakley Blvd

Chiago, IL 60623

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One Act Series: Bagatelle, Monsieur et Madame Denis, & Le mariage aux lanternes

Operas by Jaques Offenbach

Bagatelle: The piece is set in the boudoir of a star of café-concert, Bagatelle. Her maid Finette is having an affair with a clarinetist reduced to playing in the Cirque Fernando band, Pistache. After a performance, Bagatelle is rehearsing a peasant song when an 18-year-old young admirer enters through the window. He is Georges de Planteville and to ensure they stay together he throws the keys through the window. However Pistache had been hidden in the apartment also; in the morning Finette has to release all three. It emerges that Georges had defended Bagatelle during her show against detractors, so she returns his love.

Monsieur et Madame Denis: Gaston d’Amboise is the ward of Monsieur and Madame Denis and hopes to marry their niece Lucile. Gaston, having kidnapped Lucile from boarding school, takes her to the house of her guardians in order to obtain their blessing. However, Monsieur and Madame Denis are away from home. While Nanette, the Denis' servant, prepares a bite to eat for the two runaways, it turns out the 'abduction' of Lucile has been discovered. The sergeant, Bellerose, is already standing in front of the house with a search party. Gaston and Lucile quickly disguise themselves as 'Monsieur and Madame Denis' in an attempt to avoid being caught by the soldiers. After a lot of confusion they are caught at last. However, they manage to put their pursuers out of action with the help of the witty Nanette and a good measure of wine and singing. At that very moment, however, the real Monsieur and Madame Denis are approaching...

Le mariage aux lanternes: The farmer Guillot loves his cousin Denise, but will not tell her. Denise loves Guillot as well, but thinks he is occupied by the attentions of two wealthy widows, Fanchette and Catherine. An uncle from Paris, Mathurin writes to Guillot that he will discover a treasure under the big tree of the village at the time of the Angelus; he writes to Denise that she will find a husband in the same place. The two young people meet, and all ends with a promise of marriage in the light of the lanterns worn by villagers attracted by the news of a treasure to discover.


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