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Bruch, Max

Scherz, List und Rache (1858)

(Jest, Cunning and Revenge)
Duration: 70 minutes
Comic opera in one act

Libretto by J.W.v.Goethe (shortened version by Ludwig Bischoff)

Scoring
S, T, Bar; Piano (overture four hands, opera two hands).
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.



World Premiere
1/14/1858
Cologne
Company: performers unknown

Roles

ScapineSoprano
ScapinTenor
DoctorBaritone


Time and Place
France, 17th century


Synopsis

Scapin and Scapine, whom a tricky, greedy doctor has cheated out of an inheritance, hatch a plot in order to wrest their money back from the doctor. Scapine, allegedly suffering from melancholy and madness, urges the doctor to help her, who soon sets about producing a curative elixir. While the old quack is creating his mixture, his servant – who is none other than Scapine, disguised as a cripple – sounds the fire alarm. Quickly Scapine swaps the mixture with arsenic and, on the doctor's return, pretends to be dying from poisoning. The doctor, not a little confused, gives Scapin 50 ducats to get the corpse away. Still worse, Scapine appears as if wakened from the dead to the doctor at night and extorts another 50 ducats from him. "Thus cheating fails,/ if cunning with cunning,/ daring with prudence competes."


Moods
Comic, Poetic


Subjects
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