Le Roi malgré lui
This chapter focuses on Chabrier's opérette Le Roi malgré lui. Pierre Lalo characterized Le Roi malgré lui as a hijacking of Chabrier's true temperament in the direction of an ‘insipid pseudo-historical intrigue’. It is argued that Lalo's remark points to the perennial issue of balance between seriousness and comedy that affected the genre of opéra comique.
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