Weaving together music from lesser-known Offenbach operattas and much of the music he had intended for a work for America, Christopher Columbus (1973) tells the re-imagined story of polygamist Columbus, who accidentally becomes involved in an expedition to America, funded by the loaned jewels of Queen Isabella of Spain. Accompanied by his three ex-wives, Columbus proves to be susceptible to sea-sickness, and is eventually cast adrift. On arrival in the New World, however, the crew discover that Columbus has already arrived, married an Indian Princess, and discovered the cola nut… Christopher Columbus is an effervescent and zany concoction, written for the American Bi-centenary celebrations.
English lyrics by Don White.
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Composer: Offenbach, Jacques
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