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Sergei Prokofiev

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Betrothal in a Monastery (The Duenna) (1941), Op. 86
Work Notes
available in the USA, Canada and Mexico only
Text Writer
Libretto by the composer after Sheridan's "Duenna." Verses by Mira Mendelson
Schirmer Russian Music/Le Chant du Monde
Opera and Music Theatre
Year Composed
2 Hours 36 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
6 Tenors, 5 Baritones, Soprano, Alto, Mezzo soprano, 3 Basses, Contralto [=Mezzo soprano], 3 musicians (Trumpet, Bass Drum, Double Bass)
Programme Note
Sergei Prokofiev Betrothal in a Monastery (The Duenna) (1941), Op. 86
Lyric-comic opera in four acts, nine scenes.

In eighteenth century Seville, a rich middle-aged merchant Mendoza wants to marry Louise, the daughter of an impoverished nobleman, but he is tricked into marrying Louiseā€™s duenna, who has been masquerading as the young lady and who helps Louise and her brother marry those they really love.

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