Il viaggio a Reims (Journey to Reims) ossia L'albergo del giglioli d'oro (The Golden Lily Inn) - Comic Opera in One Act.
Ricordi Vocal Score based on the Critical Edition.
Premiered in Paris on June 19, 1825.
Madame Cortèse (Soprano)
Countess Folleville (Soprano)
Count Libenskof (Tenor)
Don Profondo (Bass)
Lord Sydney (Bass)
Baron Trombonok (Bass)
Don Alvaro (Baritone)
Don Prudenzio (Bass)
The large cast (the above list is incomplete as at one point the opera has a \"Gran Pezzo Concertato a 14 Voci\") goes some way to explaining why the vocal score to this one-acter runs to well over 600 pages). The plot (if it can be described as such) is simple: a cosmopolitan group of travellers on their way to Rheims for the 1825 coronation of King Charles X, are stranded at The Golden Lily Inn in Plombieres due to a lack of fresh horses. They kill time by exchanging songs and stories in a kind of condensed Canterbury Tales.
The need for ten major soloists led to it lying unperformed for a century and a half after its premiere, and Rossini reworked a lot of the material when writing Il Comte Ory. It is however a wonderful ensemble opera and should see more performances in, for example, conservatoire productions.