Adèle de Ponthieu is an opera by the French composers Jean-Benjamin de La Borde and Pierre Montan Berton, first performed at the Académie Royale de Musique, Paris (the Paris Opera) on 1 December 1772. It takes the form of a tragédie lyrique in three acts. The libretto was written by Jean-Paul-André Razins de Saint-Marc, after a tragedy by Pierre-Antoine de La Place, staged at the Comédie-Française in 1757.
The opera had little success in its first run and was only revived in 1775 in five acts, for 38 performances, before being withdrawn for good. The three-act libretto, however, was later set by Niccolò Piccinni in 1781.
1 December 1772
|Guillaume, Count of Ponthieu||basse-taille (bass-baritone)||Henri Larrivée|
|Adèle, the Count's daughter||soprano||Sophie Arnould|
|Alphonse, a foreign knight||bass-baritone||Nicolas Gélin|
|Raimond de Mayenne, a relative of the Count and a humble squire||haute-contre||Joseph Legros|
|Alise, Adèle's confidante||soprano||Mlle Châteauneuf|
|Juges du camp (judges of the camp)||2 bass-baritones, haute-contre, taille (baritenor)||Cassaignade, de la Suze, Cavalier, Méon|
|Un berger (a shepherd)||bass-baritone||Durand|
|Une bergère (a shepherdess)||soprano||Mlle Beaumesnil (stage name of Henriette-Adélaïde de Villars)|
|Une jongleuse (a female jongleur)||soprano||Mlle Beaumesnil|
|Chorus: The court of the Count, knights, squires, king of arms, heralds, officers of the joust, fiddlers, male and female jongleurs, shepherds, shepherdesses|