Le Soldat Magicien

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Le Soldat Magicien ("The soldier magician") is a French opéra-comique (comic opera) in one act, with a text by Louis Anseaume (1721-1784)[1] and music by François Danican Philidor (1726-1795).

The original text

First performed at the Théâtre de l'Opéra-Comique de la Foire S. Laurent, on 14 August, 1760. Published in Paris by Duchesne 1761.

Translations and adaptations

South African performances

1805: Performed in French on 23 December 1805 by Les Amateurs de l'Isle de France at what they refered to as the "Théâtre du Société (more correctly the Théâtre de la Société) as a benefit performance for Charles Mathurin Villet, who was leaving the theatre to concentrate on his school. Also presented was On ne s'Avise de Tout (Sedaine and Monsigny), as well as some acrobatics and songs in Dutch.


Facsimile version of the original published text, Warwick Digital Collections[2]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 91, .

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