1874 · London
Named cast incluces Jolly, Mario Widmer, Paul Ginet, Pauline Luigini, Delorme, Jeanne d'Alby, and Marie Blanche.
Binding very slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Former owner's signature ("Mrs. Edmund Routledge") to free front endpaper. First English edition. Rare.
Giroflé-Girofla, to a libretto by Vanloo and Leterrier, was first performed in Brussels at the Fantaisies-Parisiennes on March 21, 1874.
"In Brussels, where Lecocq lived for several years from 1870, the popular acclaim accorded his operettas Les cent vierges (1872), La fille de Madame Angot (1872) and Giroflé-Girofla (1874), all of which were later produced with great success in Paris and abroad, established him as a natural successor to Offenbach..."
"Much of Lecocq's music is characterized by a light touch, but he could also adopt a more lyrical and elevated style than Offenbach and termed several of his operettas opéras comiques. His greatest popular triumph, La fille de Madame Angot, has remained a classic among operettas, and demonstrates Lecocq's abundant flow of pleasing melodies, his deft exploitation of rhythm for a lively theatrical effect, impressive building up of extended numbers, and typically French shaping of phrases." Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 28583)