(Chabrier: L'Étoile). Ten. On his birthday, King Ouf is in disguise, trying to provoke one of his subjects into criticizing him so that he can have them executed. He hopes his proposed marriage to Princess Laoula, daughter of his neighbour King Mataquin, will bring peace between their countries. However, Laoula falls in love with a pedlar, Lazuli, who offends Ouf. Ouf decides he must be executed but is warned against this by his astrologer. He eventually yields to the need to provide a successor, blesses the marriage of Laoula and Lazuli, and appoints them as his heirs. Created (1877) by Michel‐René Daubray (Thibaut).