Le Droit d'Aînesse
Le Droit d'Aînesse ("The Birthright") is a French opéra bouffe in three acts by composer Francis Chassaigne (1847-1922) with a French libretto by Eugène Leterrier (1843-1884) and Albert Vanloo (1846-1920).
(In French the title would normally be written Le droit d'aînesse. The composer is also known as "François Chassaigne" or " Francisque Chassaigne".)
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Translations and adaptations
Falka premiered at the Royal Comedy Theatre, London on 29 October 1883, at the Casino Theatre, New York, in 1884 and was followed by productions throughout the English-speaking world.
Performance history in South Africa
1890: Performed in the Exhibition Theatre, Cape Town, in January by The Edgar Perkins Lyric Opera Company , an opera company managed and directed by Edgar Perkins. The company included R.S. Gregg, E. le Hay, Dennis Coyne, Frank Wheeler, Harry Miller, Ada Bemister, Carrie Nelson, Harriet Wood, and Ella Bankhardt. Musical direction was by James Hyde.
Cecil A. Smith and Glenn Litton. 1987. Musical Comedy in America: From The Black Crook to South Pacific, From The King & I to Sweeney Todd. Routledge (reprinted 2013)
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