La Cambiale di Matrimonio - The Marriage Contract
Pre-tour performance at Englefield Long Galley - 13th of September at 6pm
Proceeds will be split between Afghan Connection and costs of the fully self-funded tour to Italy.
This is a student led and self-funded project from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland performing Rossini. We are taking the one act Rossini Opera 'La Cambiale di Matrimonio' on tour. Only an hour long this opera contains all the fireworks and humour that Rossini is known for and condenses it, making for a more flexible and open form of dramatic performance. And at 6pm - 7 15pm you can plan your evening easily.
Conductor - Maximilian Fane
Director - Jessica Aqula Cymerman
Pianist - Bethany Jerem
Slook - James Corrigan
Mill - Colin Murray
Fanny - Barbara Cole Walton
Eduardo - Kieran White
Clarina - Emma Mockett
Norton - Jonathan Kennedy
This is a hilarious short opera, and from opera lovers to beginners all will be entertained.
The opera opens on the servants Norton and Clarina discussing a letter which has arrived for their master, Tobias Mill, regarding an impending marriage contract from a Canadian businessman, Slook, who is due to arrive later that day. Mill enters, flustered from calculating the distance from the Americas to Europe, and orders the household to prepare for Slook's arrival, including the readying of his daughter, Fanny, whom he intends to marry off to the foreigner. Fanny arrives after everyone leaves with her lover, Eduardo Milfort; their love has been kept a secret from Mill due to Eduardo's poor financial status. Norton arrives to inform the lovers of the impending marriage contract but their conversation is interrupted by Mill's entrance as the carriage arrives bearing the Canadian.
Slook enters harassed by the servants who are trying to take his coat - he is clearly unaccustomed to European greetings. Mill encourages Slook to talk to Fanny and to get to know her - she remains quite hostile, trying to express her disinterest in marrying him with many "but's" but is soon joined by Eduardo and they both threaten to cut out Slook's eyes and puncture his veins. Slook departs to the safety of his room, Fanny and Eduardo to other quarters, as Clarina and Norton return. Clarina expresses her experiences with love in a short aria before Slook comes back and Norton informs him that the goods he is interested in acquiring are already mortgaged.
Slook, infuriated by this contractual double-crossing, refuses to buy Fanny and tells Mill this, but refuses to give a reason fearing retribution from the lovers. Mill then threatens Slook to a duel for refusing to carry through with the contract he has incurred - Slook prepares to leave having encountered three people who wish him dead within hours of his arrival in London. When he returns from packing his things, he sees Fanny and Eduardo embracing and catches them red-handed. They inform him of Mill's business-managerial sentiments toward marriage and of Eduardo's poor financial status; Slook responds by promising to make Eduardo his heir so that Fanny may be his.
Mill returns and prepares for his duel - though he fears that if he dies, it may reflect poorly upon his reputation in the market. Slook reveals himself and clandestinely replaces a peace pipe for a pistol which Mill grabs not realizing what it is. As they head to the field of battle (Slook armed with a pistol, Mill with a pipe), the ensemble rushes on and tries to convince Mill to give up the financial pretence. Finally Slook convinces Mill to let them marry and the opera concludes happily.
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Maximilian Fane - Student conductor, singer, pianist and organiser from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.