Opera Version of Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe’s early novel, Robinson Crusoe, has inspired artists and musicians for generations. Jacques Offenbach (1890–1880) wrote an opéra comique called Robinson Crusoé which was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1867. The French libretto was written by Eugène Cormon and Hector-Jonathan Crémieux.
Although it is based on Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe, the Crusoe opera actually owes more to British pantomime than to the book itself.
You may listen to a few minutes of the Crusoe opera in this brief video:
You will find other resources related to Robinson Crusoe and Daniel Defoe on the Module 2.1 Context Resource page.
Study Guide: Literature and Composition (Excellence in Literature, English 2)
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe