The Seduction of a Lady
Composer: Richard Wargo
Librettist: Richard Wargo
Other Artistic Personnel: Dorothy Danner (Director)
Original Cast: Joseph Evans, (Peter Semyonych)
Pamela South (Irena, the wife)
David Barron (Nicky, the husband)
Premiere Date: August 10, 1985
Producing Company: Lake George Opera Festival
Description: Peter Semyonych, a confident seducer of other men's wives, displays his techniques with an aspiring young opera singer, Irena. Peter, in an exchange with Irena's husband Nicky, explains the problems of being in love with a married woman. Nicky encourages Peter in his pursuit, unaware of his victim, and proceeds to explain Peter's quandary to his wife. On hearing Peter's views on love, Irena becomes infatuated. Irena agrees to meet Peter in the park, but when faced with the responsibility of ending Irena's marriage, Peter reneges. Deeply affected by this change of heart, Peter vows never to pursue a married woman again. An attractive couple comes into his view.…
Character List (Major): Peter Semyonych
Irena
Nicky
Bit Parts: 2 Supers
Reviews: OPERA: 2 AMERICAN WORKS BASED ON CHEKHOV - The New York Times 8/22/1985
The New Yorker, Andrew Porter, 9-2-85;
Comments: The opera is part of A Chekhov Trilogy which also includes The Music Shop and A Visit to the Country. After the performance at Florida State University as part of the "Festival of New Music", the opera was given a professional premiere at the Lake George Opera Festival on August 10, 1985.
Length: 00:44
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: Onstage: 1 vln, 1 vc, pf
Musical Style: Traditional harmonies, mixed meters; conversational ensemble work
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