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ABOUT THE OPERA ARIA
From Mignon, Act I
Voice / Vocal Fach Soprano/ Lyric soprano/ Mezzo
Original key Db Major
Language French
Composer Ambroise Thomas 1811 – 1896
Poet Jules Barbier et Michel Carré Jules Barbier 1825 – 1901/ et Michel Carré 1821 – 1872
Range Connais-tu le pays
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Connais-tu le pays, a setting by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, was composed by Ambroise Thomas in 1866 (Db Major) and premiered the same year. This aria is part of Act I of his opera, Mignon.

Written in 1866, Mignon will be one of the most successful operas of its time. Composed by Ambroise Thomas, in his mid-fifties, it is based on a libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré. The story originates from Goethe and his novel, Wilhelm Meister. Wilhelm, a young man who has decided to follow a theater troupe meets a young girl, Mignon and discovers she is being abused, beaten up by her employer. He saves her and she follows him on his journey. She falls madly in love with him, however she is only a child to Wilhelm. As he decides to marry a beautiful actress, she dies out of pain and desperation. This tragic outcome was not considered suitable, as at the time, an opera-comique had to have a happy ending (Bizet, with Carmen, will be the first one, to break this rule). The librettists, after a few representations, decided to end the opera instead, on a happy marriage between Mignon and Wilhelm, securing its success. Years later, they rewrote a tragic ending, this time to suit the tastes of the German public.
Act I opens on a theater representation happening in a village. After a musician, a bohemian troupe arrives and starts playing. Jarno, head of the company, announces that Mignon, a young girl, is about to dance her famous “egg dance”. As she refuses, he is intends to beat her up when a young man, Wilhelm Meister, intercedes and saves her. Mignon comes to thank him and he asks her many questions (her age, who are her parents) she does not seem to have an answer for. She only remembers having been abducted from a beautiful land and praises its beauty in her aria: Connais-tu le pays où fleurit l’oranger?

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