La Princesse des Canaries is a French "opéra bouffe" (comic opera) in three acts by Charles Lecocq (1832-1918), with a libretto by Henri Chivot (1830-1897) and Alfred Duru (1829-1889)
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 as Pepita by Mostyn Tedde. This English text was published in London by Chappell & Co. (ca.1887).
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.
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