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Argento, Dominick

The Shoemakers' Holiday (1967)

Duration: 150 minutes
Ballad-Opera based on the play by Thomas Dekker

Adaptation and additional lyrics by John Olon-Scrymgeour (E)

Scoring
Major roles: 2S,M,A,T(or B),Bar,Bar(or B),2BBar,B minor roles: M,A,2T,2Bar,2B; chorus 1(=picc,afl).0.1.1-1.2.1.0-gtr(amplified)-perc(1):timp/tgl/SD/cym/ glsp/t.bells/tamb/ratchet/susp.cym/wdbl.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
6/1/1967
Tyrone Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Douglas Campbell and John Olon-Scrymgeour, director
Conductor: Herbert Pilhofer
Company: Minnesota Theatre Company

Roles

SIMON EYREBass-Baritone
ROLAND LACYBaritone or Tenor
RALPHBaritone
FIRKBass-Baritone
HAMMONBass or Baritone
HODGEBass
ROSESoprano
MARGERYSoprano
JANEMezzo-Soprano
SYBILContralto
Four VendorsTenor, Baritone, Baritone, and Bass
Three MenTenor, Baritone, and Bass
Two SeamstressesMezzo-Soprano and Contralto
Soldiers, Shoemakers, and HuntersTenors, Baritones, and Basses
ChorusSopranos, Altos, Tenors, and Basses


Time and Place
The Renaissance (15th Century), England


Synopsis
Set during the height of the English Renaissance, the Earl of Lincoln’s nephew, Roland Lacy, is in love with the Lord Mayor of London’s daughter, Rose. To stop the relationship from blossoming, the Earl attempts to send the young man abroad as a Colonel, to wage war.  He is given a commission by the King in the hope that Lacy will display the characteristics of a nobleman. Sir Roger, the Mayor, is also against the lovers, and he sends his daughter away from London. The young man abandons the army commission, disguises himself as Hans, a Dutch shoemaker, and settles himself into the home of the Mayor’s shoemaker, Simon Eyre.  Through a network of spies, Lacy’s uncle learns that his nephew has remained in London.  Simon Eyre returns home one day with great news: He has become Lord Mayor of London.  Lacy and Rose plan their wedding with the help of Simon and his wife. The celebration of Shrovetide begins, but it is interrupted by a visit from the King, followed by Lincoln and Sir Roger. The King sanctions Lacy and Rose’s marriage and has Lacy kneel to be knighted.  Rose’s father and Lacy’s uncle accept the King’s judgement.


Moods
Comic, Romantic


Subjects
Relationships, Society





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