Adam, Adolphe
Le Toréador ou l'Accord parfait
Opéra bouffon in two acts
Edition no.
BA 8701
Volume / Series
L'Opéra français
Prévost, Paul
Product format
Complete edition, Score, Urtext edition
Pages / Format
LVI, 391 S. - 33,2 x 26,5 cm
Awarded with the German Music Edition Prize "Best Edition" 2010

Inspired by models from the Commedia dell’Arte, the plot is set in Seville and presents the old “Greybeard” Don Belflor (a retired bullfighter and womanizer), his young wife Coraline and her lover Tracolin. In a highly contemporary way, this leads to a three-way relationship of which everyone approves. The ‘accord parfait’ is a perfect triad consisting of exactly three notes. It is noticeable that the libretti of the Second Republic were no longer subject to censor.

Two arias were planned for each role. As a flautist, Tracolin also knows how to evoke famous melodies from the French opera repertoire in his advances. The centrepieces are the two trios.

One of these, the variation number “Ah! vous dirai-je, maman”, is the jewel of the opera: here, vocal virtuosity and the comedy of the situation are combined with brilliant ease.

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