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Music Text

Libretto by the composer (G)

Scoring

S,A,T,3Bar,2B,buffoB,speaker
2(II=picc).2(II=corA).2(II=bcl).2-2.2.3.1-timp.perc(3)-
harp-pft(=cel)-strings

Abbreviations (PDF)

Roles

SOPRANO (JUANITA) Soprano
TENOR (PABLO) Tenor
1ST BARITONE (LEOPOLDO) Baritone
2ND BARITONE (GOVERNOR) Baritone
1ST BASS (SERVANT) Bass
2ND BASS (POLICE COMMISSIONER) Bass
PROMPTER Contralto
SECRETARY Baritone
BAILIFF Bass
DIRECTOR spoken role
Time and Place

The stage of a theatre in Madrid

Synopsis



Some singers, waiting to be auditioned, decide to rehearse the piece for which they hope to be engaged. The plot is a follows: Leopoldo moves into a rich man’s house while he is abroad, accompanied by Pablo who is suspected of having sold a fake painting. Next Juanita arrives. She is the stepsister of the owner, who has lived in Argentina for years, and stands to inherit a fortune if she is engaged by the end of the day. Leopoldo pretends to be her stepbrother, intending to reveal the truth at the last moment. Juanita thinks Pablo is his valet but falls in love with him. The police arrive to arrest Pablo, but then it is confirmed that the painting is genuine. By now midnight has passed – but not in Argentina where the will was drawn up, therefore – Happy End. Suddenly the bailiffs arrive at the theatre and close it down. There is no happy ending for the singers.

Moods

Comic

Subjects

Relationships




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