Opera - A Dinner Engagement

 LENNOX BERKELEY (1903-1989)
   
premiere recording
 A Dinner Engagement, Op. 45 59:31  
  An Opera in Two Scenes  
  Libretto by Paul Dehn  
  Scene 1  
1 'Salt, pepper, olive oil' 4:00
  Lord Dunmow, Lady Dunmow, Boy  
2 'I'm sorry, Milady, I came through the front door' 3:25
  Mrs Kneebone, Lady Dunmow, Lord Dunmow  
3 'In the summer of my time' 4:05
  Lord Dunmow, Lady Dunmow, Mrs Kneebone  
4 'At Missis Ellibank's in Wimbledon' 2:27
  Mrs Kneebone, Lady Dunmow, Lord Dunmow  
5 'Mother, please can I help?' 5:26
  Susan, Lady Dunmow, Mrs Kneebone, Lord Dunmow  
6 'He was a quiet little boy' 3:30
  Lady Dunmow, Susan, Mrs Kneebone, Lord Dunmow  
7 'Prenez six belles tomates' 3:31
  Lady Dunmow, Lord Dunmow, Mrs Kneebone, Susan  
8 'Is this the residence of the Earl and Countess of Dunmow?' 1:45
  Prince Philippe, Mrs Kneebone  
   
  Scene 2  
9 'So this, dear Lady Dunmow, is your drawing room' 2:12
  Duchess, Lady Dunmow, Prince Philippe, Lord Dunmow  
10 'I never moved a muscle' 2:20
  Lord Dunmow, Lady Dunmow, Duchess, Prince Philippe  
11 'Forgive my curiosity, but is your servant that young girl. . .?' 3:28
  Prince Philippe, Lord Dunmow, Lady Dunmow, Duchess  
12 'Come and see our little garden' 2:05
  Lady Dunmow, Lord Dunmow, Prince Philippe, Duchess  
13 'This way, Ma'am, through the back door' 2:49
  Lord Dunmow, Duchess, Prince Philippe, Susan  
14 'Oh, shall I kneel in shame. . .?' 2:50
  Susan, Prince Philippe  
15 'I like to imagine how these must have looked' 4:14
  Susan, Prince Philippe  
16 'Mon aimée attend la lune' 2:08
  Prince Philippe  
17 'Kiss her at once!' 3:24
  Duchess, Prince Philippe, Susan, Lord Dunmow, Lady Dunmow, Boy  
18 'Let her beauty be her dowry' 2:43
  Duchess, Susan, Prince Philippe, Lord Dunmow, Lady Dunmow, Boy, Mrs Kneebone  
19 'My Lords, Ladies, Duchess and gentlemen!' 3:01
  Mrs Kneebone, Prince Philippe, Susan  
 Roderick Williams baritone - The Earl of Dunmow
 Yvonne Kenny soprano - The Countess of Dunmow
 Claire Rutter soprano - Susan
 Jean Rigby mezzo-soprano - Mrs Kneebone
 Anne Collins mezzo-soprano - HRH The Grand Duchess of Monteblanco
 Robin Leggate tenor - HRH Prince Philippe
 Blake Fischer tenor - An Errand Boy
 Richard Hickox
  23-27 September 2003