La Princesse des Canaries

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La Princesse des Canaries is a French "opéra bouffe"[1] (comic opera) in three acts by Charles Lecocq (1832-1918)[2], with a libretto by Henri Chivot (1830-1897)[3] and Alfred Duru (1829-1889)[4]

The original text

First performed in Paris at the Folies-Dramatiques on 9 February, 1883, and published by Choudens père et fils in the same year.

Translations and adaptations

The text adapted and translated into English by Mostyn Tedde (fl. 1880s)[5] as Pepita (or in some editions as Pepita, or, The Queen's Mate).

Originally performed as Pepita in this English version by Van Biene & Lingard's Falka Company at the Court Theatre, Liverpool in 1886 and published in London by Chappell & Co. (ca.1887). Later published as Pepita, or, The Queen's Mate in Toronto by the Anglo-Canadian Music Publishers' Association (ca. 1889).

Performance history in South Africa

1890: Performed as Pepita 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.


Facsimile version of the original French published text, The Internet Archive[6],_Charles)

Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge University Press: p. 594[7]

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. 389-390,

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