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The Works of 

The Pleasures of
the Quarrel

Titon et l’Aurore

Jean-Joseph de Mondonville

Prometheus defies the gods by stealing fire from the heavens and bringing humans to life. The god of Love arrives to ensure that the newly animated mortals will enjoy life’s pleasures.

Cast:

Prométhée (Prometheus)

L’Amour (Cupid)

Statues Who Come to Life*

Fire Spirits*

The Three Graces*

Followers of Cupid*

Titon et l’Aurore was promoted by the French faction as upholding traditional French operatic values. This scene, which comes from the prologue, highlights the elevated language, rich orchestration, visual effects, and dramatic dances for which French opera was famous.

*Indicates Dance Cast Members

Ancient Stone Sculpture
Marble Statue

It’s 1753 and the audiences at the Paris Opera are embroiled in passionate arguments over musical style. Who will prevail in this “Quarrel of the Buffoons”? The Queen’s arriviste Italians, with their vulgar but sparkling intermezzi? Or the King’s official French troupe with its mythological stories and expressive ballet?  Could the upstart Opéra Comique convince the two factions to find harmony? 

 

Find out with The Pleasures of the Quarrel, a mash-up of three memorable operas from this contentious operatic year!

Casino
Playing Cards

Il Giocatore

Giovanni Maria Orlandini and Pietro Auletta

Baccocco and Serpilla are forever quarreling.  He swears to her that he will never gamble again, but she refuses his excuses and demands a divorce—until she remembers the pleasures they once shared.

Cast:

Baccocco, an inveterate gambler
Serpilla, his wife

Of all the comic intermezzi in Italian that circulated around Europe, Il Giocatore was the most performed.  Its down-to-earth plot, humorous banter, and sparkling violin writing—all on display in this excerpt—reveal why. 

Les Troqueurs

Antoine Dauvergne

Lubin is not so sure that he wants to marry Margot after all; maybe his friend’s fiancée Fanchon, who has a sweeter temper, is more to his liking?  Lucas and Lubin agree to swap, but the two women are not convinced, even though they pretend to go along.  An entertaining ballet celebrates the surprise resolution to the conflict. 

Cast:

Lubin
Lucas
Margot
Fanchon

At the height of the Quarrel of the Buffoons, a rival theater to the Paris Opera, the Opéra Comique, decided to cash in on the dispute by passing off this one-act opera as an Italian intermezzo that just happened to have a text in French.  Its true composer, the Frenchman Antoine Dauvergne, brilliantly blended Italian and French styles, even in the ballet music that concludes the work.

Wedding Dress on Headless Mannequin
Wedding Bouquet
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