Ciboulette is a French opérette in three acts, music by Reynaldo Hahn, libretto by Robert de Flers and Francis de Croisset, first performed at the Théâtre des Variétés, in Paris, on 7 April 1923. One of the most elegant and refined composition of Hahn, considered as one of the last masterpieces of French operetta.

Principal roles

Role Voice type Premiere cast, 7 April 1923
(Conductor: Paul Letombe)
Ciboulette soprano Edmée Favart
Zénobie soprano Jeanne Pierrat
Madame Pingret bass-baritone Madeleine Guitty
Madame Grenu soprano Jeanne Loury
Duparquet baritone Jean Périer
Antonin tenor Henry Defreyn
Roger baritone Jean Calain
Olivier Métra baritone René Koval
Comtesse de Castiglione soprano Luce Fabiole
Chorus: Officers, courtesans, market workers, farmers, eight fiancés, Olivier Métra's guests


The action takes place in Paris, in 1867.

Duparquet is the controller of Les Halles, and plays matchmaker between the young farm-girl Ciboulette and Antonin, a young spoiled aristocrat. After many adventures, the lovers are united.



French director Claude Autant-Lara made the operetta into the film Ciboulette in 1933.


  • Le guide de l'opéra, R. Mancini & J.J. Rouvereux, (Fayard, 1986) ISBN 2-213-01563-5

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