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She Stoops to Conquer
Marjorie M. Rusche
Andrew Joffe
Andrew Joffe, Stage Director; Douglas Anderson, Conductor
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.
December 12, 1996
American Chamber Opera Company
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.
flute, Bb clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, timpani, percussion; 2 violins, viola, cello, bass
Eclectic; post-tonal lyricism; a contemporary comic chamber opera
Marjorie M. Rusche
4524 Hickory Road #3-C
Mishawaka, IN 46545

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