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Will You Marry Me?

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Will You Marry Me?

opera in one act

Music by Hugo Weisgall
Libretto by Charles Kondek
after after the play A Marriage Has Been Arranged by Alfred Sutro
About Will You Marry Me?

A brief one-act outing for two singers.

Cast of Characters
She, s He, bar

On a balcony during a party, a wealthy but vulgar bachelor informs a young women that her family expects them to marry. Offended by his offhand proposal, the woman refuses. During their argument, each learns that the other has loved and lost. The man confesses that he wants to marry simply to avoid breach of promise suits, and offers to wed anyone the woman recommends. She pretends to tell him about a friend who has been deserted by her lover, but he understands that she is speaking of herself, and they leave the balcony planning their honeymoon together.

Performance History
World premiere production
Opera Ensemble of New York, 41 East 81st Street, New York, New York
March 8, 1989
She: Andrea Broido
He: David Trombley
Donald W. Johnston, conductor
Charles Kondek, stage director

Last update: January 1, 2009