OP3263. LA GRANDE DUCHESSE DE GEROLSTEIN, Broadcast Performance, 21 Sept., 1957, w.Cariven Cond. RTF Ensemble; Suzanne Lafaye, Lina Dachary, Jean Giraudeau, Louis Musy, Joseph Peyron, Andtré Balbon, etc. (France) 2-Malibran 803. Final Copy! - 7600003778031
“LA GRANDE-DUCHESSE DE GÉROLSTEIN (The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein) is an opéra bouffe in three acts and four tableaux by Jacques Offenbach to an original French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. The story is a satirical critique of unthinking militarism and concerns a spoiled and tyrannical young Grand Duchess who learns that she cannot always get her way.
The opera premiered in Paris in 1867 and starred Hortense Schneider in the title role. Thereafter, it was heard in New York, London and elsewhere, and it is still performed and recorded.
The April 1867 premiere was an immediate hit, and a parade of European royalty, drawn to Paris by the Exposition, attended performances of the operetta.
Three years later the Franco-Prussian War broke out, and the operetta was later banned in France, because of its antimilitarism, after the French defeat.”
“Louis Musy was a French operatic baritone and stage director principally active at the Paris Opéra-Comique. His teacher was Léon David. He made his début in LE CHEMINEAU by Leroux in 1925 at the Opéra-Comique and went on to sing many other French and Italian roles in the Opéra-Comique repertoire. Musy was a member of the four-member committee which ran the Opéra-Comique after the liberation of Paris during 1944. From 1947 he was a director of staging at the theatre. His pupils included Xavier Depraz, Jean Dupouy, Jacques Loreau, Irène Sicot and Remy Corazza.
He sang in recordings of CARMEN in 1927 (as Escamillo), FAUST in 1930 (Valentin), THE TALES OF HOFFMAN in 1948 (Lindorf), and LOUISE in 1956 (Father); as well as L'ÉCOLE DES MARIS by Emmanuel Bondeville in 1954 (Sganarelle), and LES MOUSQUETAIRES AU COUVENT 1957 (Bridaine) AND LA FILLE DE MADAME ANGOT in 1958 (Larivaudière). He played Dr. Bartolo in the 1948 Opéra-Comique film of LE BARBIER DE SÉVILLE directed by Jean Loubignac and conducted by André Cluytens.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron