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Libretto by A. Ch. Delacour and Léon Morand; original German version by A. Bahn and Johann Christoph Grünbaum; new German version by Gunter Selling (F,G)



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Boosey & Hawkes / Bote & Bock

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

World Premiere
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MARTIN PRELLER, bailiff Lyric Baritone
SUSCHEN, his fiancée Mezzo Soprano
ROSINE, her friend Soprano
FLORIAN SPECHT, composer Lyric Tenor
Time and Place

An 18th-century room at night


Florian Specht escapes over the roofs from a furious husband with whose wife he has just been caught in the act. Jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire, he falls through a chimney into the room belonging to Suschen, the fiancée of his creditor, Martin Preller. Suschen has locked herself in there with her friend Rosine, because she has had an argument with Martin – just on the eve of their wedding. At that moment Martin is standing at the door, seeking reconciliation with Suschen. The situation is delicate – what should they do with Florian? All exits are blocked, jumping out of the window from the third floor to the street would doubtlessly kill him. The emergency provides the ladies with an idea how to rescue Florian and at the same time teach Martin a lesson – and they all have jolly good fun in the process.




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