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Music by Pietro Mascagni
Libretto by P. Suardon after the novel by M.M.Erckmann-Chatrian
English translation by Frederic Weatherly

Administered for rental and amateur stage rights by Boosey & Hawkes in the UK.

Licensing performances

If you wish to apply to perform the work, then please send an email to stating the following information only:

1) Name of school/society

2) Where you are (city/town)

3) What you want to perform (L'Amico Fritz)

4) When you want to perform (if exact dates are not yet known, then please provide the month)

We will then send you an application form by email to complete, along with details of costs involved. Once the form is completed and returned by email, a licence will be emailed to you for signature. Once signed we will be able to send you the music at the date requested on your application form.

Details of hire requirements should be submitted on the application form. We can provide orchestral parts (details below).  Piano vocal scores are commercially available to purchase.  Please note that you must use live musicians and the use of a backing track is strictly forbidden.


2 Flutes (1 Piccolo)
2 Oboes
2 Clarinets
2 Bassoons
4 Horns
2 Trumpets
3 Trombones
1 Tuba
1 Timpani
2 Percussion
1 Harp
On stage violin and oboe

THE STORY (Alsace; the present)
While celebrating his fortieth birthday with friends, Fritz complains to David that he has been asked to provide the dowry for two neighbours who want to get married. When Fritz goes on to confess that he cannot understand why people fall in love, David wagers that within a year he too will be married. Fritz scorns the suggestion but accepts the bet, and they agree to make Fritz’s vineyard the prize. However, contrary to expectation, Fritz finds himself gradually captivated by Suzel whose father is the steward at his farm. On a visit to Fritz at the farm, David discovers that Suzel has become very fond of her master. He decides to test Fritz’s true feelings for her, and he tells him that he has found Suzel a suitable husband whom her father approves of. Fritz is horrified at this news and has to admit to himself that he is in love with Suzel. Worried about the consequences of his feelings, he takes his leave of her immediately without even saying goodbye. However, he is unable to forget her and when David asked Fritz for his consent on order for her wedding to take place, he refuses to give it. He asks Suzel if she really intends to marry and when she pleads with him to rescue her from the unwanted match, he finally reveals his love for her. The two look forward to a blissful future together; David has won his bet.

Fritz Kobus (A Rich Bachelor Landowner)
Suzel (A Farmer’s Daughter)
Beppe (A Gypsy)
David (A Rabbi)
Hanezo (Fritz’s friend)
Federico (Fritz’s friend)
Caterina (Fritz’s Housekeeper)

Son Pochi Fiori (Suzel)
Suzel, Buon Di (Fritz)
Intermezzo (Orchestra)
O Amore, O Bella Luce Del Core (Fritz)

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