The Shoemakers' Holiday
Composer: Dominick Argento
Librettist: John Olon-Scrymgeour
Other Artistic Personnel: Douglas Campbell and John Olon-Scrymgeour (Directors)
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Premiere Date: June 01, 1967
Producing Company: The Minnesota Opera
Description: 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.
Character List (Major): SIMON EYRE (b-bar)
ROLAND LACY (bar or t)
RALPH (bar)
FIRK (b-bar)
HAMMON (b or bar)
ROSE (s)
JANE (mz)
SYBIL (contralto)
Character List (Minor): Four Vendors (t, bar, bar, and b)
Three Men (t, bar, and b)
Two Seamstresses (mz and contralto)
Soldiers, Shoemakers, and Hunters (t, bar, and b)
Length: 02:30
Total Acts: Not Available
Chorus: SATB Chorus
Orchestration: 1 fl(=picc,afl), 1 cl, 1 bsn - 1 hrn, 2 tpt, 1 tbn - gtr(amplified) - perc(1):timp/tgl/SD/cym/ glsp/t.bells/tamb/ratchet/susp.cym/wdbl
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