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Le roi malgré lui - 1887
Emmanuel Chabrier 1841 - 1894 FR
Opéra comique : Comic opera with themes ranging from light to serious and tragic. Contains spoken dialogue, recitatives and arias.
Libretto by Émile de Najac and Paul Burani based on 'Le roi malgré lui' by Marguerite-Louise Virginie Ancelot
First performance at Paris, Opéra-Comique (Favart) on 18 May 1887
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Ravel claimed he would rather have written this comic opera than Wagner's Ring cycle, though the plot is notoriously confused.