Manteaux Noirs ("The black mantles") is a comic opera in three acts by Walter Parke (c.1845–?) and Harry Paulton (1842-1917), with music by Procida Bucalossi (1832-1918).
Also known as The Black Mantles
The original text
First performed as Manteaux Noirs at the Avenue Theatre, London on 3 June 1882 and taken to the Standard Theatre, New York, by a D'Oyly-Carte Company in the same year.
The vocal score published as Manteaux Noirs in London by Cramer and Company and in New York by W.A. Pond, in 1882, and as The Black Mantles in Boston and Chicago by White-Smith and Company, ca.1886.
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Performance history in South Africa
1882-3: Performed for the first time in South Africa in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by Mabel Hayes and her company, with vocal work supervised by Henry Harper, as part of a season that not only included the premieres of two more comic operas - Iolanthe (Gilbert and Sullivan) and Olivette (Farnie) - but also a range of plays.
Copy of the programme for the first London production
Facsimile version of the vocal score for The Black Mantles, Hathi Trust Digital Library
D.C. Boonzaier. 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1923. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)
F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 375, 389-390, 410-411,
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