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Bastien und Bastienne Bastien and Bastienne

Tours by decade

1890s - 1 tour

1895 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1960s - 1 tour

1966 - Ledlanet Nights
Fully Staged with Orchestra

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (born Salzburg, 27 January 1756; died Vienna, 5 December 1791)


Friedrich Wilhelm Weiskern and Johann Heinrich Muller, rev. by Johann Andreas Schachtner.


Translation of libretto Les Amours de Bastien et Bastienne (1753) by Harny de Guerville, Charles Simon Favart and Marie Justine Benoite Favart.



First performance: Vienna (Dr Anton Mesmer's garden), October 1768.

First Performance in UK: London (Daly's Theatre), 26 December 1894.

First Performance in Scotland: Glasgow (Royalty Theatre), 26 April 1895.

Scottish Opera première: N/A.



Bastien is a charming little singspiel by a thirteen year-old, composed several years before Mozart's mature attempts to launch a specifically German form of opera. The French source work was in effect a parody of the successful chamber opera that Rousseau had created the year before.



Bastien, a youth (tenor)

Bastienne, a shepherdess (soprano)

Colas, a quack magician (bass)


Plot Summary

Bastienne still loves Bastien in spite of evidence suggesting he has a wandering eye. Colas persuades her to let him use his powers to effect a reconcilation, which is successful.

The Cast

 lover of Bastienne
 a shepherdess
 a quack magician

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