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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



The Apothecary








(LO SPEZIALE.)

Comic Opera by JOSEF HAYDN (1768).


After a sleep of 125 years in the dust of Prince Esterhazy's archives
at Eisenstadt, Dr. Hirschfeld received permission from Prince Paul
Esterhazy of Galantha to copy the original manuscript.

It is Dr. Hirschfeld's merit to have revived and rearranged this
charming specimen of the old master's genius. And again it was Ernst
Schuch, the highly gifted director of the Dresden opera who had it
represented on this stage in 1895, and st the same time introduced it
to the Viennese admirers of old Haydn, by some of the best
members of his company.

The music is truly Haydn'ish, simple, naive, fresh and clear as
crystal, and it forms an oasis of repose and pure enjoyment to modern
ears, accustomed to and tired of the astonishing oddities of modern
orchestration.

The plot is simple but amusing. A young man, Mengino, has entered the
service of the apothecary Sempronio, though he does not possess the
slightest knowledge of chemistry. His love for Sempronio's ward
Grilletta has induced him to take this step and in the first scene we
see him mixing drugs, and making melancholy reflections on his lot,
which has led him to a master, who buries himself in his newspapers
instead of attending to his business, and letting his apprentices go on
as best they may.

Sempronio entering relates that the plague is raging in Russia; and
another piece of news, that an old cousin of his has married his young
ward, is far more interesting to him than all his drugs and pills, as
he intends to act likewise with Grilletta. This young lady has no
fewer than three suitors, one of whom, a rich young coxcomb enters to
order a drug. His real intention is to see Grilletta. He is not slow
to see, that Mengino loves her too, so he sends him into the drug
kitchen, in order to have Grilletta all to himself. But the pert young
beauty only mocks him, and at Mengino's return Volpino is obliged to
retire.



Alone with Mengino, Grilletta encourages her timid lover, whom she
likes very much, but just when he is about to take her hand Sempronio
returns, furious to see them in such intimacy. He sends Mengino to his
drugs and the young girl to her account books, while he buries himself
once more in the study of his newspapers. Missing a map he is obliged
to leave the room. The young people improve the occasion by making
love, and when Sempronio, having lost his spectacles, goes to fetch
them, Mengino grows bolder and kisses Grilletta. Alas, the old man
returns at the supreme moment, and full of rage, sends each to his room.

Mengino's effrontery ripens the resolution in the guardian's breast to
marry Grilletta at once, he is however detained by Volpino, who comes
to bribe him by an offer from the Sultan to go into Turkey as
apothecary at court, war having broken out in that country. The wily
young man insinuates, that Sempronio will soon grow stone-rich, and
offers to give him 10,000 ducats at once, if he will give him Grilletta
for his wife. Sempronio is quite willing to accept the Sultan's
proposal, but not to cede Grilletta. So he sends Mengino away, to
fetch a notary, who is to marry him to his ward without delay. The
maiden is quite sad, and vainly tortures her brain, how to rouse her
timid lover into action. Sempronio, hearing her sing so sadly,
suggests that she wants a husband and offers her his own worthy person.
Grilletta accepts him, hoping to awaken Mengino's jealousy and to rouse
him to action. The notary comes, in whom Grilletta at once
recognizes Volpino in disguise. He has hardly sat down, when a second
notary enters, saying that he has been sent by Mengino and claiming his
due. The latter is Mengino himself, and Sempronio, not recognizing the
two, bids them sit down. He dictates the marriage contract, in which
Grilletta is said to marry Sempronio by her own free will besides
making over her whole fortune to him. This scene, in which the two
false notaries distort every word of old Sempronio's, and put each his
own name instead of the guardian's, is overwhelmingly comical. When
the contract is written, Sempronio takes one copy, Grilletta the other
and the whole fraud is discovered.--Volpino vanishes, but Mengone
promises Grilletta to do his best in order to win her.

In the last scene Sempronio receives a letter from Volpino, telling
him, that the Pasha is to come with a suite of Turks to buy all his
medicines at a high price, and to appoint him solemnly as the Sultan's
apothecary. Volpino indeed arrives, with his attendants, all disguised
as Turks, but he is again recognized by Grilletta. He offers his gold,
and seizes Grilletta's hand, to carry her off, but Sempronio
interferes. Then the Turks begin to destroy all the pots and glasses
and costly medicines, and when Sempronio resents this, the false Pasha
draws his dagger, but Mengino interferes and at last induces the
frightened old man, to promise Grilletta to him, if he succeeds in
saving him from the Turks. No sooner is the promise written and
signed, than Grilletta tears off the Pasha's false beard and reveals
Volpino, who retires baffled, while the false Turks drink the young
couple's health at the cost of the two defeated suitors.





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