Les Soldiers Mordorés, ou La Cordonnière Allemande

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Les Soldiers Mordorés, ou La Cordonnière Allemande ("The Golden-Brown Shoes, or the German Shoemaker's Wife") is an opéra comique in two acts with a libretto by the Marquis de Ferrières (Charles-Élie de Ferrières, 1741-1804)[1], and music by Alessandro Mario Antonio Fridzeri (1741-1825)[2].

The original text

The play tells the story of a baron who is infatuated with ladies' shoes and feet, and his embarrassing attempts to see the tiny elegant feet of young shoemaker's wife.

The work had its premiere at the Comédie-Italienne in Paris on January 11, 1776, with enormous success.

Translations and adaptations

South African productions

1805: Performed by the French Amateur Company in French on 17 June, in the African Theatre, Cape Town, with Les Battus Paient l'Amende (Dorvigny). It is announced as a comedie lyrique, and featured Mr Delémery as main performer.




Jos van der Zanden, "Beethoven's Contribution to Podoerotica: 'Soll ein Schuh Nicht Drücken,' WoO 91, No. 2" in The Beethoven Journal, Summer 2003[3]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: pp. 90.

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