La grande duchesse de Gerolstein is an opera bouffe from the French composer Jacques Offenbach. Maybe you know Olympia, the singing doll from Les contes d’Hoffmann. Or La chanson de Kleinzack, from that same opera bouffe. La grande duchesse is probably much less known, but not necessarily les grand. I’d like to share with you two songs from this opera.
The first is Ah! Que j’aime les militaires, sung here by dame Felicity Lott. And may I say, she does a stunning job, not only with the singing, but also with the comic over-acting. The fact that here French isn’t always pronounced perfectly doesn’t even matter.
The second one is new to me. But I can’t help smiling when I hear it. Le general Bum has the most perfect lyrics! Et pif paf pouf, et tara papa pum, je suis, moi, le general Bum Bum.