Le postillon de Lonjumeau – criticism

LE POSTILLON DE LONJUMEAU

Opéra Comique en 3 actes

By Adolphe Adam

Libretto : Adolphe de Leuven & Léon Brunswick

First performed : Théâtre Royal de l’Opéra-Comique (salle de la Bourse), 13 October 1836

For my review, see here.

For the dossier, see here.


Félix Clément, Dictionnaire des opéras, 1869

The libretto is of a very pleasant gaiety and improbability, and is in the style of the Italian pieces played under the name of comic operas at the Théâtre de la Foire.  The music is very common, but frank and in Adam’s best style.  The air sung by Henri: Combattons, chantons, is an amusing parody of opera choruses.  The verses sung by Chollet: Oh! qu’il est beau, le postillon de Lonjumeau! and the tune: Mon petit mari were tiresomely popular.  It cannot be denied that the trio: Pendu! pendu! is very comic.  Le Postillon de Lonjumeau obtained a great success and earned the composer universal acclaim.