La rencontre imprévue

La rencontre imprévue (The Unexpected Encounter), also known as Les pèlerins de la Mecque (The Pilgrims to Mecca) is a comédie mêlée d'ariettes, a form of opéra comique, by Christoph Willibald Gluck, first performed at the Burgtheater, Vienna on January 7, 1764. The libretto was by Louis Hurtaut Dancourt, who based it on a 1726 play by Alain René Lesage and d'Orneval.

In 1784 Mozart wrote a set of variations for piano (K.455) on the aria "Unser dummer Pöbel meint" from this opera. In 1887 the variations were orchestrated by Tchaikovsky as the final movement of his orchestral Suite No.4 "Mozartiana".


Role Voice type Premiere Cast, January 7, 1764
(Conductor: - )
Ali tenor Godard
Amine soprano
Balkis soprano
Dardané soprano
Osmin tenor Pierre-Nicolas Oyez
Rezia tenor
Sivene soprano
Vertigo bass


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