A Love Charm
Gary Bachlund & Deborah Shulman
After a story by Hans Christian Andersen
For baritone (Prince), mezzo soprano (Princess), high baritone (Valet),
character tenor (Mayor), bass (Sir Bumble), soprano (Lady Jollyjaws), lyric
tenor (Shepherd), and lyric soprano (Shepherdess) and chamber ensemble. [
circa 45' ]
Read the libretto....
Also in German translation by Annette Zühlke:
Der Liebe Scharm.
This comic fable speaks of doubting love and seeking proof for it outside
the relationship itself. The royal couple's valet play acts as a wise seer,
giving false advice which oddly turns out to have meaning and merit after
The other three one-act operas in the
Four Fables are:
Prelude to a Fable
The Emperor's New Clothes
The Little Match Girl
These Four Fables based on stories of Andersen all share the same chamber
Nine players: flute, oboe, clarinet in B flat,
harpsichord, piano, first and second violins, viola, violoncello.