Der Bäbu

Der Bäbu (The Baboo) is a Comic opera in three acts by Heinrich Marschner. The German libretto by Wilhelm August Wohlbrück (Marschner's brother-in-law) is based on the book The Baboo and Other Tales Descriptive of Society in India. Smith, Elder, and Co., London 1834 by Augustus Prinsep. The first performance took place on 19 February 1838 in Hanover.


Role Voice type Premiere,19 February 1838
Bäbu Brischmohun Bonurschi baritone Traugott Gey
Nabob Jussuf Ali Khan bass
Dilafrose, his daughter soprano Adele Jazedé
Heinrich Forester tenor Eduard Holzmiller
Gosain, fakir bass
Eva Eldridge, his niece soprano
Friedrich Mosely tenor
Conductor Heinrich Marschner


Marschner scored the opera for two piccolos and two flutes (not doubling), two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, three trombones, timpani, tamtam, and strings.


  • Overtura




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