December 12, 1996
She Stoops to Conquer
Composer:Marjorie Rusche
Librettist:Andrew Joffe
Synopsis
Marlow arrives at his prospective in-laws' house and is told by Tony Lumpkin that he is at a country inn. Kate Hardcastle likes him but learns from Constance Neville that Marlow is only comfortable with serving-girls and cannot communicate with women of his own class. Kate tricks Marlow by assuming the disguise of a barmaid. He falls in love with her. She eventually (after resolving the "stolen jewels" subplot) reveals herself as a noblewoman. Marlow realizes he can love and be loved by a woman who is his equal and not his servant. Constance and Tony are freed from each other and able to pursue the lovers they want after Mr. and Mrs. Hardcastle are happily reconciled to the unexpected turn of events.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
00:55

Number of Acts
1

Musical Style
Eclectic; post-tonal lyricism; a contemporary comic chamber opera

Vocal & Musical Forces
Principal singers: soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass-baritone. Orchestra: flute, Bb clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, timpani, percussion; 2 violins, viola, cello, bass

Original Cast
Kate Hardcastle, Lynn Norris, soprano; Constance Neville, Pamelia Phillips, mezzo; Mrs. Hardcastle, Daniel Rawe, countertenor; Young Marlow, Mark Victor Smith, tenor; Tony Lumpkin, Mark Heimbigner, baritone; Mr. Hardcastle, Mark Sullivan, bass-baritone.


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