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La jolie fille de Perth (The Fair Maid of Perth) FR - 1867
Georges Bizet 1838 - 1875 FR 3*
Opéra comique : Comic opera with themes ranging from light to serious and tragic. Contains spoken dialogue, recitatives and arias.
Libretto by J.-H. Vernoy de Saint-Georges and J. Adenis based on W. Scott
First performance at Paris, Théâtre Lyrique on 26 December 1867
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The setting is Perth, Scotland, circa 1400. The "Fair Maid" is Catharine Glover, daughter of a glovemaker in Perth, who kisses Henry Smith, the armorer, while he is sleeping, on Valentine's Day. Smith proposes marriage, and although Catharine refuses at first, she marries him at the end of the book. There is a parallel plot concerning the romance of David Stewart, Duke of Rothesay, the son of Robert III of Scotland, and Louise the Glee-Maiden.