(10/20/07 10:29 am)
Hello - I'm looking for info on a French fairy, La Fee Urgele. Below is the info I've been able to find on the Net. I'm not sure if Favart invented Urgele (or perhaps Chaucer?) or if she's a figure from the popular tradition. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!
Opera by Egidio Duni (libretto by C S Favart, based on a story by Voltaire, founded on Chaucer's Tale of the Wife of Bath), first produced before the court at Fontainebleau, France, on 26 October 1765, and given its first public performance at the Comédie-Italienne, Paris, on 4 December 1765. The story is set in 7th-century France. The knight Robert is imprisoned and can be released only when he successfully answers a riddle. To find the answer he agrees to marry the crone La Vieille, who turns out to be his lover, Marton.