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King Ouf I always celebrates his birthday with a public impalement and has gone in disguise among his people to find a suitable victim. The forthright young pedlar Lazuli has just fallen in love with Princess Laoula (also in disguise) and is appalled to learn she is already betrothed, to Ouf. Unknowingly Lazuli insults Ouf, who thinks he has found his candidate - until court astrologer Siroco reveals that the stars of Lazuli and Ouf are so closely bound that if Lazuli dies so will Ouf. Lazuli is instead brought to the palace to be pampered. Sung in French with English surtitles.Performers Christophe Mortagne (King Ouf I), Simon Bailey (Siroco), Francois Piolino (Prince Herisson de Porc-Epic), Aimery Lefevre (Tapioca), Kate Lindsey (Lazuli), Helene Guilmette (Princesse Laoula), Julie Boulianne (Aloes), Samuel Sakker (Patacha), Samuel Dale Johnson (Zalzal), Chris Addison (Smith).
Music Chabrier. Lyrics Eugene Leterrier. Lyrics Albert Vanloo. Producer Royal Opera House. Conductor Mark Elder. Director Mariame Clement. Design Julia Hansen. Lighting Jon Clark. Choreographer Mathieu Guihaumon. Company Royal Opera Chorus. Company Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
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