Publisher: G. Schirmer
The Seduction of a Lady (1993)
Opera and Music Theatre
Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, 2 super
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.