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Nabokoff, Nicholas

Love's Labours Lost (1973)

(Verlorene Liebesmüh)
Duration: 130 minutes
Musical comedy

Libretto by WH Auden and Chester Kallman after Shakespeare. German version by Claus H Henneberg (G,E)

Scoring
colS,dramS,lyrS,lyrS/A,M,T,HighBar,2Bar,B; 3(III=picc).3(III=corA).3(III=bcl).2(II=dbn)-4.3.3.1-timp.perc-harp-pft-cel-mand-gtr-strings; On-stage: tape.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
2/7/1973
Brussels
Company: unknown

Roles

ROSALINEDramatic Soprano
KATHERINELyric Soprano
JAQUENETTAColoratura Soprano
MOTHLyric Soprano / Alto
PRINCESSMezzo Soprano
DUMAINETenor
BEROWNEHigh Baritone
DON ARMADOBaritone
KINGBaritone
BOYETBass


Time and Place
The court of the King of Navarre


Synopsis

The King of Navarre and his followers Berowne, Dumaine and Don Armado abjure love and all associations with women in order to devote themselves entirely to the study of the sciences. Hardly have they sworn their oath of abstinence, however, when the arrival of the Princess of France and her female court is announced. As she has come to negotiate the transference of Aquitaine to the realm, the men's oath must of necessity be broken in part. But for safety, the Princess with her attendant ladies-in-waiting Katharine and Rosaline, and the chambermaid Jacquenetta, are lodged in tents outside the castle. They show themselves to be offended by the 'oath' and face the men with bitingly witty irony. Inevitably, in short time all eight fall in love with each other but are, of course, reluctant to admit their inconstancy. So a play of exchanged letters, secret presents, disguises, and many misunderstandings begins...


Moods
Comic, Poetic


Subjects
Relationships, Literary





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