La dame blanche

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La dame blanche (The White Lady) is an opéra comique in three acts by the French composer François-Adrien Boieldieu. The libretto was written by Eugène Scribe and is based on episodes from no less than five of the works by Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott, including his novels The Monastery, Guy Mannering, and The Abbot.Elizabeth Forbes: "La dame blanche", Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed February 19, 2009), The opera has typical elements of the Romantic in its Gothic mode, including an exotic Scottish locale, a lost heir, a mysterious castle, a hidden fortune, and a ghost, in this case benevolent. The work was one of the first attempts to introduce the fantastic into opera, and is a model for works such as Giacomo Meyerbeer's Robert le diable and Charles Gounod's Faust. The opera's musical style also heavily influenced later operas like Lucia di Lammermoor, I puritani and La jolie fille de Perth.Warrack, John and West, Ewan (1992), The Oxford Dictionary of Opera, 782 pages, ISBN 0-19-869164-5

Performance history

La dame blanche was first performed in Paris on 10 December 1825 at the Théâtre Feydeau by the Opéra-Comique opera company. It was a major success and became a standby of the 19th-century operatic repertory in France and Germany. By 1862, the Opéra-Comique had given more than 1,000 performances of the opera. Its popularity began to diminish towards the very end of the...
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