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Music Text

Libretto by Rosa Mayreder after a novel by Pedro Antonio de Alarcon (G)


dramS,2M,charA,2T,buffoT,charBar,BBar,2B,buffoB; chorus;

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


World Premiere
Theater, Mannheim
Company: Unknown


DON EUGENIO DE ZUNIGA, corregidor Buffo Tenor
DONNA MERCEDES, corregidora Dramatic Soprano
JUAN LOPEZ, alcalde Bass
PEDRO, his secretary Tenor
TONUELO, court messenger Character Bass Baritone
REPELA, the corregidor's servant Buffo Bass
TIO LUKAS, miller Character Baritone
FRASQUITA, his wife Mezzo Soprano
DUENNA, in the corregidora's service Character Contralto
MANUELA, Juan Lopez' maid Mezzo Soprano
Bishop and ecclesiastical retinue, The corregidor's servants and Alcaldes, Alguacils, Musicians
Time and Place

Andalucia in the year 1804


The corregidor Don Eugenio de Zuniga has designs on Frasquita, the charming wife of the miller Lukas. Frasquita and Lukas make fun of the old lecher who swears vengeance furiously. He goes to the mayor, informing his wife that he will spend the night in the town hall. The mayor does him the favour of ordering Lukas there, too, and while he is on the way to the town hall, Don Eugenio approaches Frasquita undisturbed. But once more his plan fails. When Frasquita, who does not let herself be bribed by her nephew's appointment as court secretary, hurries away indignantly, he makes himself comfortable in the miller’s bed. Still sure of his success, he orders his servant to get Frasquita back. In the meantime, Lukas has seen through the conspiracy and has escaped from the town hall. At home he finds the corregidor's clothes in front of the bedroom, believes what he sees and sets out to recoup himself with the corregidora for the alleged infidelity of Frasquita. Don Eugenio, who, lacking his own clothes, takes on the miller's ones, is surprised by the returning Frasquita and the judge who are looking for Lukas in the mill. Frasquita senses Lukas’s designs, and all hurry to the corregidor's house. There the corregidora gives her judge a good talking-to, and the miller and his wife become reconciled and embrace each other.



Recommended Recording

Werner Hollweg/Helen Donath/Doris Soffel/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Kurt Moll/Victor von Halem/RIAS Kammerchor/Radio Symphonie Orchester Berlin/Gerd Albrecht
Koch Schwann 314010
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