Messager: Les P'tites Michu
Label: BRU ZANE
ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DES PAYS DE LA LOIRE CHOEUR D'ANGERS NANTES OPERA COMPAGNIE LES BRIGANDS DUMOUSSAUD
Two little girls, one of high birth, the other of more modest origins, mixed up in their bath and brought up as twins; an impending wedding; the first pangs of love and a few intrigues... On this amusing narrative framework by Albert Vanloo and Georges Duval, André Messager composed a score as graceful as it is invigorating. The straightforward, elegant melodies are immediately appealing, with a harmonisation and scoring that give them immense charm. Les P’tites Michu was an overnight success after its premiere at the Bouffes-Parisiens on 16 November 1897. The cast featured two big stars of the Parisian stage in the title roles, Alice Bonheur (Marie-Blanche) and Odette Dulac (Blanche-Marie). Every number in the score quickly became a ‘hit song’, notably the duet ‘Blanche-Marie et Marie-Blanche’. After a run of more than 150 performances, the work toured the provinces and was subsequently staged outside France (as The Little Michus or Die kleinen Michu), ending its career more than twenty years later on Broadway.