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Davis, Allan G

The Ordeal of Osbert (1951)

Duration: 40 minutes

Comic opera in one act


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Libretto by the composer, based on the short story by P G Wodehouse (E)


Scoring

S,2T,2Bar,B 1.1(=corA).1.1-1.1.1.0-perc(1):timp/susp.cym/xyl/SD/tgl/glsp/cyms- strings

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Territory

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


World Premiere
11/08/1951
Plymouth, Massachusetts
Company: Plymouth Rock Center


Roles

OSBERT MULINER Tenor
MABEL, Osbert's fiancée Soprano
BASHFORD BRADDOCK Baritone
SIR PETHERICK Baritone
FIRST THIEF Baritone
SECOND THIEF Tenor

Time and Place

19th century London


Synopsis

Osbert Mulliner, engaged to Mabel Petherick, finds his dream of happiness shattered when Mabel's former suitor, Bashford Braddock, appears and threatens Osbert with violence should he pursue his wedding plans. Mabel’s uncle, Sir Petherick, threatens equally dire consequences should Osbert attempt to jilt the girl. Osbert’s dilemma is solved when two thieves, intent on robbing his apartment, become involved in an argument and knock one another out. Osbert is credited with this superhuman feat, and Bashford makes a fast exit, leaving Osbert to marry Mabel.


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