Un jardin sur l'Oronte (opera)

Un jardin sur l'Oronte ("A Garden on the Orontes") is an opera ("lyric drama") in four acts and eight tableaux by Alfred Bachelet to a French libretto adapted by Franc-Nohain from a novel of the same name by Maurice Barrès. The premiere took place on 7 November 1932 at the Palais Garnier in Paris, France.

Un jardin sur l'Oronte
Lyric drama by Alfred Bachelet
Based onUn jardin sur l'Oronte
by Maurice Barrès
7 November 1932 (1932-11-07)

Performance history

Un jardin sur l'Oronte was premiered at the Palais Garnier in Paris on 7 November 1932 with Suzanne Balguerie in the title role. It was conducted by Philippe Gaubert, with sets and costumes designed by René Piot[1] and executed by Mouveau, Solatgès and Mathieu, and a choreography by Léo Staats.


Role Voice type Premiere cast,
7 November 1932
(conductor: Philippe Gaubert)
Oriante soprano[2] Suzanne Balguerie
Isabelle mezzo-soprano[2] Marisa Ferrer
Zobéïde soprano[2] Renée Mahé
Badoura mezzo-soprano[2] Odette Ricquier
Guillaume tenor[2] José de Trévi
L'Émir baritone[2] Martial Singher
Le prince d'Antioche baritone[2] Arthur Endrèze
L'Évêque bass[2] Armand Narçon
L'Écuyer tenor José Luccioni
Premier guetteur bass Henri Etcheverry
Deuxième guetteur tenor Madlen
Premier marchand tenor Henri Le Clezio
Deuxième marchand bass Louis Morot
Troisième marchand tenor Raoul Gilles
Quatrième marchand baritone Pierre Nougaro
Premier garde bass Léon Ernst
Deuxième garde baritone Jules Forest
Guerriers musulmans; chevaliers francs; soldats du prince d'Antioche;
femmes musulmanes; femmes chrétiennes; Arabes; enfants; juifs
et juives; danseuses musulmanes; danseurs, danseuses et musiciens du prince d'Antioche
Soutzo, Didion, Binois, Simoni, Goubé et autres



  • Das big Handbuch der Oper (in German).
  • René Piot, 1866-1934.

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