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Richard Wargo

Publisher: G. Schirmer

The Seduction of a Lady (1993)
Text Writer
Libretto by the composer, based on “The Seduction” from Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor”
G Schirmer Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Chamber Opera
Year Composed
44 Minutes
Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, 2 super
Programme Note
Richard Wargo The Seduction of a Lady (1993)
Peter Semyonych is, by his own report, ‘the greatest seducer of other men’s wives’. In demonstrating his method, with the assistance of a trio of onstage musicians, this Russian Don Juan begins a campaign by seeming to ignore the object of his desire – this time the beautiful young Irena. But all the while he sings her praises to the husband, in this case Nicky. Repeating Peter’s praises to Irena, Nicky unwittingly plays Cupid’s messenger to his own wife, whose initial mild disinterest is transformed gradually to uncontrollable passion.

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