The Government Inspector

Operatic versions

Karel Weis(s) (1862–1944): Der Revisor, 1907; probably an operetta.

Eugene (Jeno) Zádor (1894–1977): His The Inspector General was originally performed 1928; revised version first performed on 11 June 1971 by the Westcoast Opera Company at El Camino College in Los Angeles.

Amilcare Zanella (it) (1873–1949): His Il Revisore premiered in Trieste on 20 February 1940.

Werner Egk (1901–1983): His Der Revisor was first performed at the Schlosstheater Schwetzingen at the Schwetzingen Festival in 1957.

Krešimir Fribec (1908–1996): His Dolazi revisor was completed in 1965.

Giselher Klebe (1925–2009): Chlestakows Wiederkehr was first performed at the Landestheater Detmold in 2008.

Also: Incidental Music by Mikhail Gnesin (1882–1957).

The play has been translated into all European languages and remains popular, inasmuch as it deals with the hypocrisies of everyday life along with the corruption perpetrated by the rich and privileged. In the Netherlands, for instance, André van Duin made his own Dutch version of the play called De Boezemvriend (meaning "bosom friend", "best buddy"); the 1982-filmed movie is set in the Netherlands during the Napoleonic era with Van Duin playing tooth-extractor Pasdupain aka Fred van der Zee (which actually translates as "Breadless" rather than "Painless").

In Marathi, P. L. Deshpande adapted this play as Ammaldar (literally "the Government Inspector") in the late 1950s, skillfully cladding it with all indigenous politico-cultural robe of Maharashtra, while maintaining the comic satire of the original.

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