Le Huron
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Le Huron

Le Huron (The Huron) is a French opéra comique in two acts by André Grétry. The libretto is by Jean François Marmontel based on the story L'Ingénu (1767) by Voltaire. It was the composer's first big success with Parisian audiences.

Performance history

It was first performed on 20 August 1768 by the Comédie-Italienne at the Hôtel de Bourgogne in Paris.

Roles

Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 20 August 1768
(Conductor:)
The Huron baritone Joseph "Giuseppe" Caillot
Gilotin tenor Jean-Louis Laruette [fr]
An officer tenor Jean-Baptiste Guignard, called Clairval
Saint-Yves bass
Mlle Saint-Yves soprano Marie-Thérèse Laruette
Kerkabon bass
Mlle Kerkabon soprano
Functionary spoken

Synopsis

The story is set in Brittany and concerns a love affair between a local girl and a man raised by the Huron Indians in America.

Re-creation

- 12 December 2010, Abbaye de Bourgueil (France), music conductor : Julien Dubruque (music only)

- 1 November 2011, Theatre Adyar (Paris, France), music conductor : Julien Dubruque ; stage director : Henri Dalem

Sources

  • Amadeus Almanac, accessed 9 October 2008
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Opera, by John Warrack and Ewan West (1992), 782 pages, ISBN 0-19-869164-5

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