Le Roi d'Ys

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Edouard Lalo


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Le roi d'Ys (The King of Ys) is an opera in three acts and five tableaux by the French composer Édouard Lalo, to a libretto by Édouard Blau, based on the old Breton legend of the drowned city of Ys, which was, according to the legend, the capital of the kingdom of Cornouaille. It premiered at the Opéra Comique in Paris on 7 May 1888. Apart from the overture, the most famous piece in the opera is the tenor's aubade in act 3, "Vainement, ma bien-aimée" ("In vain, my beloved").
Lalo composed Le roi d'Ys between 1875 and 1878 (drafting the entire opera, in its first version, in 1875). His interest in the folklore of Brittany was prompted by his wife, the contralto Julie de Maligny, who was of Breton origin. The role of Margared was originally written for her. Getting the opera staged proved difficult, however. It was turned down by the Théâtre Lyrique in 1878, and by the Opéra de Paris in 1879, although extracts were heard in a concert with Julie as Margared. Lalo undertook a revision of the work in 1886, and it was finally premiered by the Opéra-Comique in the Salle du Châtelet, Paris, on 7 May 1888 to great success. Within a year of its premiere, Le roi d'Ys had reached its 100th performance there.
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Roles in Le Roi d'Ys

The King of Ys Bass-Baritone
Margared Mezzo-Soprano
Rozenn Soprano
Prince Karnac Baritone
Mylio Tenor
Jahel Baritone
St. Corentin Bass

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Nr.Title sceneOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Les guerres sont termineesRoi d'Ys, LeLalo1n/aFrenchThe People
2Un silence pourquoi souffrirRoi d'Ys, LeLalo1duetS MzFrenchRozenn/Margared
3De tous cotes j'apercois dans la plaineRoi d'Ys, LeLalo2ariamezzoFrenchMargared
4Tais toi! Tais toi! Margared!Roi d'Ys, LeLalo2duetMz SFrenchMargared/Rozenn
5Puisque on ne peut fléchirRoi d'Ys, LeLalo3recitativetenorFrench
6Vainement ma bien aimeRoi d'Ys, LeLalo3ariatenorFrenchMylio
7A l'autel j'allais rayonnantRoi d'Ys, LeLalo3duetS TFrenchRozenn/Mylio
8Since your unbending guardiansRoi d'Ys, LeLalotenorFrench