La Fille du Tambour-Major;   Chanson de Fortunio (both Offenbach)  (Dachary, Collart, Deva Dassy, Betti)  (2-Malibran 817)
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La Fille du Tambour-Major;   Chanson de Fortunio (both Offenbach)  (Dachary, Collart, Deva Dassy, Betti)  (2-Malibran 817)
OP3261. LA FILLE DU TAMBOUR-MAJOR, recorded 5 May, 1957, w. Tellier Cond. Lina Dachary, Claudine Collart, Deva Dassy, Willy Clment, Michel Hamel, Lucien Lovano, etc.; LA CHANSON DE FORTUNIO, w. Hartemann Cond. Lina Dachary, Freda Betti, Michel Hamel, Lucien Lovano, Aim Doniat, etc., recorded 1963, (both Offenbach). (France) 2-Malibran 817. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 7600003778178


"LA FILLE DU TAMBOUR-MAJOR (The Drum-Major's Daughter) is an opéra comique, or operetta, in three acts by Jacques Offenbach. The French libretto was written by Alfred Duru and Henri Charles Chivot (who often wrote libretti for Charles Lecocq). The title is an allusion to Gaetano Donizetti's LA FILLE DU REGIMENT.

It was first staged at the Thatre des Folies-Dramatiques in Paris on 13 December 1879. This late Offenbach piece followed MADAME FAVART (1878) and would soon be followed by Offenbach's masterpiece, LES CONTES D'HOFFMAN. This was the last of his operas that Offenbach lived to see produced. The piece was very successful, running for over 240 performances in its initial production and enjoying many foreign productions into the 1880s, although outside of France it did not retain the popularity of some Offenbach pieces.

Offenbach's score is more adventurous and grander in scope than his previous works and adopts an unusually complex style for some of the melody lines. A few of the vocal numbers are also more challenging for the singers than earlier Offenbach works."

- Wikipedia

“LA CHANSON DE FORTUNIO (The Song of Fortunio) is a short opéra-comique in one act by Jacques Offenbach with a French libretto by Ludovic Halévy and Hector Crémieux. The music was composed within a week, with a further week being spent in preparations for the production.

Taken as a whole, this operetta has never really formed part of what may be termed the standard repertoire but, despite this, and especially during the period prior to the First World War, the title song remained extremely popular as a recital item, and indeed the writer of Offenbach's obituary in THE TIMES considered the song itself to be one of his best compositions along with ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD and LA GRANDE-DUCHESSE DE GÉROLSTEIN – with LA BELLE HÉLÈNE following behind these ‘at some distance’.

The first public performance of LA CHANSON DE FORTUNIO took place in the Salle Choiseul of the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, Paris, on 5 January 1861. Its premiere in Vienna was on 25 April and it continued to appear regularly on the bill in Paris during 1861 and 1862.”

- Wikipedia

"Deva Dassy was a French opera and operetta diva who was the second female in Paris that created Laya in FLEURS D'HAWAII (by the composer Paul Abraham), in which she sang 'Ni toi, ni moi' and a duet with Emile Rousseau called 'La plus belle perle du monde', where, in return, Max Bussy sang to her 'Fleur d'Hawaii'. She also sang Charlotte in Werther, Mignon in Mignon and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly."

- Ned Ludd