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A King Against His Will
A Night's Rest At Granada
Abu Hassan
Aida
Alessandro Stradella
Armida
Ballo In Maschera
Bearskin
Benvenuto Cellini
By Order Of His Highness
Carmen
Cavalleria Rusticana
Cosi Fan Tutte
Delila
Der Freischuetz
Djamileh
Don Carlos
Don Juan
Don Pasquale
Donna Diana
Elektra
Ernani
Eugene Onegin
Euryanthe
Falstaff
Fidelio
Flauto Solo
Fra Diavolo
Frauenlob
Friend Fritz
Genoveva
Guglielmo Tell
Gustavus The Third
Hamlet
Hans Heiling
Hansel And Gretel
Henry The Lion
Herrat
Hoffmann's Tales
Idle Hans
Idomeneus
Il Barbiere Di Seviglia
Il Demonio
Il Seraglio
Il Trovatore
Ingrid
Iphigenia In Aulis
Iphigenia In Tauris
Jean De Paris
Jessonda
Joseph In Egypt
Junker Heinz Sir Harry
Kirke Circe
L'africaine
La Boheme
La Dame Blanche
La Figlia Del Reggimento
La Juive The Jewess
La Muette De Portici
La Somnambula
La Traviata
Le Domino Noir
Le Nozze Di Figaro
Le Prophete
Les Huguenots
Little Bare Foot
Lohengrin
Lorle
Love's Battle
Lucia Di Lammermoor
Lucrezia Borgia
Madame Butterfly
Manon
Manru
Marga
Marguerite
Martha
Melusine
Merlin
Mignon
Moloch
Nausikaa
Norma
Oberon
Odysseus' Death
Odysseus' Return
Orfeo E Eurydice
Othello
Pagliacci
Philemon And Baucis
Preciosa
Rienzi The Last Of The Tribunes
Rigoletto
Robert Le Diable
Romeo E Giulietta
Salome
Sealed
Siegfried
Silvana
Tannhaeuser
The Alpine King And The Misanthrope
The Apothecary
The Armorer
The Barber Of Bagdad
The Beauties Of Fogaras
The Bell Of The Hermit
The Cid
The Cricket On The Hearth
The Departure
The Devil's Part
The Dusk Of The Gods
The Evangelimann
The Fledermaus The Bat
The Flying Dutchman
The Folkungs
The Golden Cross
The King Has Said It
The Lowlands
The Maccabees
The Magic Flute
The Maidens Of Schilda
The Master-singers Of Nueremberg
The Master-thief
The Merry Wives Of Windsor
The Nibelungen Ring
The Nuremberg Doll
The Piper Of Hameln
The Plague Of Darkness
The Poacher
The Postilion Of Longjumeau
The Queen Of Sheba
The Sold Bride
The Taming Of The Shrew
The Templar And The Jewess
The Three Pintos
The Trumpeter Of Saekkingen
The Two Grenadiers
The Two Peters
The Vampire
The Walkyrie
Tosca
Tristan And Isolda
Undine
Urvasi
Wedding's Morning
Werther
Will O' The Wisp
Zampa


The Standard Operaglass

A Night's Rest At Granada
Aida
Alessandro Stradella
Armida
Bearskin
Benvenuto Cellini
Carmen
Cavalleria Rusticana
Delila
Der Freischuetz
Djamileh
Don Carlos
Don Juan
Elektra
Ernani
Eugene Onegin
Euryanthe
Fidelio
Flauto Solo
Frauenlob
Friend Fritz
Genoveva
Guglielmo Tell
Gustavus The Third
Hamlet
Hans Heiling
Hansel And Gretel
Henry The Lion
Herrat
Hoffmann's Tales
Idle Hans
Idomeneus
Il Demonio
Il Seraglio
Il Trovatore
Ingrid
Iphigenia In Aulis
Iphigenia In Tauris
Jessonda
Joseph In Egypt
Junker Heinz Sir Harry
Kirke Circe
L'africaine
La Boheme
La Juive The Jewess
La Muette De Portici
La Somnambula
La Traviata
Le Prophete
Les Huguenots
Little Bare Foot
Lohengrin
Lorle
Love's Battle
Lucia Di Lammermoor
Lucrezia Borgia
Madame Butterfly
Manon
Manru
Marga
Marguerite
Melusine
Merlin
Mignon
Moloch
Nausikaa
Norma
Oberon
Odysseus' Death
Odysseus' Return
Orfeo E Eurydice
Othello
Pagliacci
Philemon And Baucis
Preciosa
Rienzi The Last Of The Tribunes
Rigoletto
Robert Le Diable
Romeo E Giulietta
Salome
Siegfried
Silvana
Tannhaeuser
The Alpine King And The Misanthrope
The Cid
The Cricket On The Hearth
The Dusk Of The Gods
The Evangelimann
The Fledermaus The Bat
The Flying Dutchman
The Folkungs
The Golden Cross
The Lowlands
The Maccabees
The Magic Flute
The Master-singers Of Nueremberg
The Master-thief
The Nibelungen Ring
The Piper Of Hameln
The Plague Of Darkness
The Queen Of Sheba
The Templar And The Jewess
The Trumpeter Of Saekkingen
The Vampire
The Walkyrie
Tosca
Tristan And Isolda
Undine
Urvasi
Wedding's Morning
Werther
Will O' The Wisp
Zampa



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VERSIEGELT

In one act by RICHARD BATKA and PORDES-MILO, adapted from
Rauppach's "Der versiegelte Buergermeister".

Music by LEO BLECH.


The popularity of this work, the composer's first real success, is due
not only to the sparkling and easy flow of melody, but also in large
measure to the skill with which the librettists have adapted Rauppach's
old-fashioned comedy.

We are transported to the age of chokers and kneebreeches, and the
easy-going and good-humoured spirit of the times is well caught, and
combined with the more delicate touches of feeling.

Blech is no mere imitator, but has a distinct individuality.

The chorus of the "Schuetzen", the dainty and touching little song of
the widow Gertrude, and the first love duet are effective and
characteristic, while the garrulous Lampe's songs are full of merriment.

The scene is laid in a small provincial town in the year 1830. Frau
Willmers, a worthy matron, asks permission of her neighbour, a
sprightly young widow, to deposit in her house an heirloom, in the
shape of a handsome old cupboard, her reason being that the Burgomaster
who bears her a grudge owing to an ancient dispute with her husband,
threatens her with distraint for non-payment of taxes. Gertrude
readily consents to have the cupboard placed in her room. Meanwhile
Frau Willmers' son, Bertel, the Recorder, appears with Elsa, the
daughter of the Burgomaster. Bertel has asked the Burgomaster for
Elsa's hand, and been refused. Elsa declares that she will marry
Bertel and no one but Bertel. The latter begs Gertrude, who has long
possessed the Burgomaster's affections, to soften the father's heart.
Gertrude promises to do her best, with which consolation the couple
together with Frau Willmers take their departure. In a humorous
monologue Gertrude decides to accept the Burgomaster. She is
interrupted in her soliloquy by Lampe, the Beadle, who is a regular old
Paul Pry, and boasts to the widow of his smartness and sagacity.
According to himself he can ferret out anything, or any one, from a
defrauder of the revenue to a thief, an anarchist or a murderer. Then
he goes on to say that he intended to serve notice of distraint on Frau
Willmers, but had found her door locked. Suddenly he catches sight of
the cupboard which seems familiar to him, whereupon he hurriedly leaves
to convince himself that the valuable piece of furniture has been
removed from Frau Willmers'. Meanwhile the Burgomaster arrives to ask
for Gertrude's hand. He first tells her of Bertel's suit, and is
rather taken aback upon the widow advising him to accept Bertel as a
son-in-law. Gertrude listens somewhat impatiently to his proposal, and
just as he is about to kiss her, Lampe appears at the door with Frau
Willmers. Gertrude hastily conceals the Burgomaster in the cupboard.
Lampe having compelled the unfortunate Frau Willmers to admit the
ownership of the cupboard, promptly affixes the official seal,
thus unconsciously seizing the Burgomaster as well as the cupboard.
The key is not to be found, and Lampe looking through a hole sees
something moving. He suspects a gallant to be inside and leaves the
house to fetch the Burgomaster. No sooner has he left than Bertel and
Elsa reappear, and are told by Gertrude of what has happened. They
resolve to turn the Burgomaster's involuntary imprisonment to their
advantage. While Gertrude and Frau Willmers go in search of witnesses,
the pair of lovers enact a regular comedy in front of the cupboard.
Bertel protests to his sweetheart that his loyalty to, and regard for,
her father prevent him from being a party to any deception. He
declares that he will rather die than marry the daughter against her
father's wishes, whereupon Elsa takes tragic leave of her lover. The
Burgomaster, deeply affected, reveals his presence and promises
everything if Bertel will only release him. Bertel demands Elsa's hand
in return, and the latter hastily draws up a marriage contract in
virtue of which she is to be allowed to marry in a fortnight, and is to
receive into the bargain from her father 500 dollars in gold, a house
and garden, with the customary livestock, to wit, cows, goats, ducks,
hens, etc. The document is passed into the cupboard by Bertel and
signed by the prisoner. He is then set at liberty, and gives the
couple his blessing. But to punish them for their sins, the
Burgomaster now locks them up in the cupboard, seals it lightly
[Transcriber's note: tightly?], and hides himself in the alcove.
Hereupon Gertrude appears, accompanied by a merry throng, whom she has
brought from the fair to witness the release of her lover. An
inspiriting chorus is sung, the door of the cupboard flies open, but
instead of the Burgomaster, out steps the betrothed couple. At the
same moment the Burgomaster appears with stern mien. In reply to his
question as to how the couple had got into the cupboard, Gertrude
artfully declares that she had shut them up in order to unite them in
spite of the father's harshness. For a moment all are disappointed at
the unexpected turn things are taking. But good humour gains the upper
hand, and then increases on the appearance of Lampe who is slightly
intoxicated and imagines that Bertel has killed his master, as he has
been unable to find him. He wants to lock Gertrude up in the cupboard
for having broken the official seal, but eventually is forced into the
cupboard himself, and carried off amidst the shouts and jeers of all
present. While Bertel and Elsa disappear into the alcove, the
Burgomaster makes for Gertrude and as a punishment for the trick she
has played him, makes her his wife and seals the compact in the usual
manner.






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