Betrothal in a Monastery

Betrothal In A Monastery

Betrothal in a Monastery

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Betrothal in a Monastery (original Russian title Обручение в монастыре) is an opera by Sergei Prokofiev, his sixth with an opus number. The libretto, in Russian, was by the composer and Mira Mendelson (his companion in later life), after Richard Brinsley Sheridan's ballad opera libretto for Thomas Linley the younger's The Duenna.

Prokofiev began the work in 1940, and it was in rehearsal that year, but World War II halted production of the opera.Slonimsky, Nicolas, "The Duenna. A Lyric-Comic Opera in Four Acts, Nine Scenes" (June 1955). Notes (2nd Ser.), 12 (3): 484-485. at the Kirov Theatre with Boris Khaikin conducting.

Commentators have noted that, given the context of its creation in the 1940s in the Soviet Union, this opera lacks any particular political or social comment, except perhaps for a scene involving drunken monks.

Performance history

In recent years, the opera has been performed in 1989 at the Wexford Festival and in 2006 at Glyndebourne and was performed at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain in 2008.

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Act 1

Don Jerome intends his daughter Louisa to marry the wealthy fish merchant Mendoza. However, she loves instead Antonio, who is poor, though noble in spirit. Furthermore, Don Ferdinand, son of Don Jerome and...
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