Christopher Columbus

Opera Bouffe in Four Acts

Composer: Offenbach, Jacques 1819 - 1880

Version: Lyrics by Don White, Score compiled and edited by Patric Schmid

Weaving together music from lesser-known Offenbach operattas and much of the music he had intended for a work for America,  Christopher Columbus (1976) tells the 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..

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