COMIC OPERA ANGELIQUE
Comic opera Angelique originated in 1926. With the language, style and expression, it shows a lot of characteristics and manners of Ibert’s musical expressions. In the opera, in addition to the arias and ensembles, he used spoken passages, recitals as well as a speaking choir, however, those orchestra parts founded on wind instrument participation are highl y successful. In the language which includes numerous styles and trends, Ibert reaches out even for jazz and in melange manner he tries to characterize different nationalities of Angelique’s customers and suitors. So the Italian, the Englishman and the Negro get leitmotives which differentiate them through music. The concept of the opera was both farce and parody, it is elegant but also impudent, academically formulated but ironical as well, sarcastic at times, never leaving out the good taste which was the composer’s main concern.