Joseph in Egypte

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Etienne Méhul


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About the opera Joseph in Egypte

Joseph (sometimes known as Joseph en Égypte) is an opera in three acts by the French composer Étienne Méhul. The libretto, by Alexandre Duval, is based on the Biblical story of Joseph and his brothers. The work was first performed by the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 17 February 1807 at the Théâtre Feydeau. It mixes musical numbers with spoken dialogue in the manner of an opéra comique.
Mehul probably met Duval, an ex-soldier and actor, at the salon of Sophie Gay and suggested composing an opera on the story of Joseph from Genesis. In writing Joseph, Méhul and his librettist were probably trying to exploit the contemporary vogue for operas on religious themes and the French fascination for Egypt after Napoleon's expedition to the country in 1798. Duval was directly inspired by Pierre Baour-Lormian's verse tragedy Omasis, ou Joseph en Égypte, which had appeared in September 1806.
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Roles in Joseph in Egypte

Joseph CounterTenor
Benjamin Soprano
Siméon Tenor
Jacob Baritone
Nephthali Tenor
Ruben Tenor
Utobal Bass
An officer Tenor

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Arias from Joseph in Egypte

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Vainement Pharaon dans sa reconnaissance

Opera: Joseph in EgypteComposer: MéhulAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: French

2Champs paternels

Opera: Joseph in EgypteComposer: MéhulAct:

Type: ariaVoice: countertenorLanguage: French

Roles: Joseph