The Cleveland Opera

Marriage by Lantern-Light

(Le mariage aux lanternes)

by Jacques Offenbach

Free to All

April 2018.

A comic opérette in one act by Jacques Offenbach.

Presented in a charming chamber rendition, costumed and staged with imaginative settings.

This adventurous and comic production will feature four new voices at The Cleveland Opera (three sopranos and one tenor).

Free and open to the public. Free-will donations gratefully accepted.

The Story

The story tells the tale of a young farmer, Guillot, who has been entrusted to look after an orphan cousin, Denise, by his uncle. He treats her off-handedly to hide his feelings for her. Both write to the uncle, she in misery, he asking for money.

Two widows poke fun at Guillot, but when he receives a reply from his uncle telling him about treasure that can be found under a great tree when the bells of the church peal for the evening Angélus, they fight with each other to gain his affection.

Evening comes and Guillot – with ‘accomplices!’ – enters with lantern and spade to find the treasure – which surprises everyone!