The Island of Tulipatan
Operetta in 1 Act. (1868)
Libretto by Henri Chivot and Alfred Duru.
English Version by George Hauger.
The warlike Duke of Tulipatan, Cockatoo XXII, is annoyed at the effeminacy of his son, Alexis. The Dukeís seneschal, Romboidal, is likewise exasperated at the tomboy behaviour of his daughter, Hermosa. A crisis occurs when the two young people fall in love and want to get married. Alexis goes off to ask his fatherís permission, and Romboidalís wife, Theodorine, takes Hermosa aside and confesses that Hermosa is, in fact, a boy. She has kept her sonís true sex a secret all these years because she was afraid he would be sent away to war and be killed. Theodorine points out that marriage to Prince Alexis under these circumstances is quite out of the question. Hermosaís disappointment is cut short when Romboidal, still believing Hermosa is a girl, confesses that Alexis is in fact the Dukeís third daughter. He had deceived the Duke because he thought it would kill him to learn that his third attempt to produce a son and heir had failed. Alexis overhears this confession and goes off to change into a dress. Hermosa changes into a soldierís uniform. They meet up, and the inevitable happens. They go off together to the church. The Duke returns from lunch and is confused when the union of his son with his seneschalís daughter is opposed by both Romboidal, who believes they are both girls, and Theodorine, who believes they are both boys. But it is too late - the young couple return from church as man (Hermosa) and wife (Alexis). Confessions all round, and the Duke decides it is not too late for him to get married again and have another go at producing a son.