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Relayed from Crane Hall
(Contralto), FURNESS Williams (Tenor), WALTER WRIGHT (Accompanist)


Unknown: Crane Hall
Unknown: Edith Byrom
Accompanist: Walter Wright


A Comic Opera in Three Acts by M. M. Clairville and Cli. Gabet
The English Version by H. B. Farnie and R. Reece. Revised Version by Harold Simpson. The Music composed by Robert Planquette
Arranged for Broadcasting and Presented by EDWARD P. GENN Cast (Tenor)
ACT 1. Scene I. The Seashore near Corneville
Scene 2. The Village of Corneville Scene 3. The Market Place
ACT II. A Chamber in the Chateau de Corneville
ACT III. An Orchard in Corneville Park
THE Story of the Opera : Gaspard, the cunning and grasping old servitor of a proud French nobleman, had an unappeasable lust for gold. The Comte de Lucenay, his master, forced from political reasons to leave the country, asked Gaspard to look after his money and his infant daughter, Lucienne.
The cunning old miser sees that the Count may never return, and brings up the child as his own niece under the name of Germaine. Ho conceals his treasure in the deserted Chateau of Corneville, whose lord, like Lucenay, is also an exile.
There is an old story that one day the heir of Corneville will return to claim his own, and that the ghostly bells of the Chateau will ring out in welcome. Gaspard keeps the inquisitive at bay by contriving mailed spectres in the passages and at the window, and the Chateau gains the reputation of being haunted.
Gaspard promises Germaine's hand in marriage to the pompous old village Bailie, though she herself loves Grenicheux, a ne'er-do-well fisher-lad, who she believes rescued her from drowning. Actually she was saved by the young Henri de Corneville, who is revisiting his ancestral domains. Henri and his friends search the Chateau, and lay bare the miser's secret, but cannot tell whether Germaine or Serpotette (another waif adopted by Gaspard) is Lucenay's daughter.
They hide in the Chateau, and see the old miser gloating over his gold, and working his ghostly spectres.
They disguise themselves as the ghosts of the dead Lords of Corneville, and Gaspard in his terror discloses all.
Germaine, the missing Lucienno de Lucenay, is free to marry her real lover, Henri de Corneville, and the legendary chimes ring out a merry wedding peal.


Unknown: M. M. Clairville
Unknown: H. B. Farnie
Unknown: R. Reece.
Unknown: Harold Simpson.
Composed By: Robert Planquette
Presented By: Edward P. Genn
Directed By: Frederick Brown
Henri, Marquis de Corneville: Herbert Simmonds (baritono)
Caspard (a Miser): Walter Shore
The Bailie HAROLD: Brayfield (bass-Baritone)
Cobo (the Bailie's Shadow): Gerald W Taylor
Grenicheux: Leonard Gowings
Christophe: Hugh H Francis
Germaine: Doris Gambell (soprano)
Serpoletto: Hilda Roberts (mezzo-Soprano)
Chorus of Peasants, Fishermen, Officers, Knights, etc.: The Station Choir

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