A Dinner Engagement


Writers: Lennox Berkeley Paul Dehn


Author’s Note: This opera is through composed, so there are no strict scene delineations. The breakdown below is given as a guide only, and may differ from other breakdowns.

Scene One

  • ‘Salt, pepper, olive oil’ - Lord Dunmow, Lady Dunmow, Boy
  • ‘I'm sorry, Milady, I came through the front door’ - Mrs. Kneebone, Lady Dunmow, Lord Dunmow
  • ‘In the summer of my time’ - Lord Dunmow, Lady Dunmow, Mrs. Kneebone
  • ‘At Missis Ellibank's in Wimbledon’ - Mrs. Kneebone, Lady Dunmow, Lord Dunmow
  • ‘Mother, please can I help?’ - Susan, Lady Dunmow, Mrs. Kneebone, Lord Dunmow
  • ‘He was a quiet little boy’ - Lady Dunmow, Susan, Mrs. Kneebone, Lord Dunmow
  • ‘Prenez 6 belles tomates’ - Lady Dunmow, Lord Dunmow, Mrs. Kneebone, Susan
  • ‘Is this the residence of the Earl and Countess of Dunmow?’ - Prince Philippe, Mrs. Kneebone

Scene Two

  • ‘So this, dear Lady Dunmow, is your drawing room’ - Duchess, Lady Dunmow, Prince Philippe, Lord Dunmow
  • ‘I never moved a muscle’ - Lord Dunmow, Lady Dunmow, Duchess, Prince Philippe
  • ‘Forgive my curiosity, but is your servant that young girl …?’ - Prince Philippe, Lord Dunmow, Lady Dunmow, Duchess
  • ‘Come and see our little garden’ - Lady Dunmow, Lord Dunmow, Prince Philippe, Duchess
  • ‘This way, Ma'am, through the back door’ - Lord Dunmow, Duchess, Prince Philippe, Susan
  • ‘Oh, shall I kneel in shame … ?’ - Susan, Prince Philippe
  • ‘I like to imagine how these must have looked' - Susan, Prince Philippe
  • Mon aimee attend la lune’ - Prince Philippe
  • ‘Kiss her at once!’ - Duchess, Prince Philippe, Susan, Lord Dunmow, Lady Dunmow, Boy
  • ‘Let her beauty be her dowry’ - Duchess, Susan, Prince Philippe, Lord Dunmow, Lady Dunmow, Boy, Mrs. Kneebone
  • ‘My Lords, Ladies, Duchess and gentlemen!’ - Mrs. Kneebone, Prince Philippe, Susan

A song with an asterisk (*) before the title indicates a dance number; a character listed in a song with an asterisk (*) by the character's name indicates that the character exclusively serves as a dancer in this song, which is sung by other characters.

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