On ne s'Avise de Tout

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On ne s'Avise de Tout (or On ne s'avise de tout in French bibliographic style - meaning: "You can't think of everything") is a comic opera ("opéra-comique") in one act, with a text by Michel-Jean Sedaine (1719-1797)[1] and music by Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (1729-1817)[2] (spelled "Moncini" on the original text)

The original text

First performed by Les Comédiens Italiens Ordinaires at the Théâtre de l'Opéra-Comique de la Foire S. Laurent, on 14 September, 1761 and at Fontainebleu before the Royal Family 3 November, 1762.

Published in Paris by Christophe Ballard, 1762.

Translations and adaptations

Gassner and Quinn, 2002 (p. 754)[3] note that this play may have suggested the plot of Le Barbier de Seville to Beaumarchais.

South African performances

1805: Performed in French on 23 December 1805 by Les Amateurs de l'Isle de France at the African Theatre as a benefit performance for Charles Mathurin Villet, who was leaving the theatre to concentrate on his school. Also presented was Le Soldat Magicien (Anseaume and Philidor), as well as some acrobatics and songs in Dutch.


Facsimile version of the original published text, Google E-book[4]


John Gassner and Edward Quinn 2002. The Reader's Encyclopedia of World Drama, Courier Corporation: p. 754[5].

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [6]: pp. 91, .

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