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(The Mock Marriage)

- (1904) (Music by Franz Lehár: Book and lyrics by Julius Bauer)

Theater an der Wien - 22 December, 1904 (39 perfs)


A millionaire's daughter, widowed after a failed marriage, has become a man-hater. Her latest suitor devises the ingenious plan of getting his sister engaged as maid in her household, to spread the news that his sister is an eccentric who dresses like a man. When he himself appears, she believes him to be his sister and agrees to marry him, hoping to expose him then as a woman. When he discovers she has been duped, she runs away. They meet again after three months when, even though she throws the marriage contract in his face, it is clear to all that she has fallen in love with him.


First Act - Park Brock Willers Villa in Newport

Selma, the daughter of billionaire Brock Willer recently became a widow. Disappointed in her marriage, she wants to marry and never subsequently founded with her friends Edith, Phoebe and Euphrasia covenant "Go out of Man" (LVM).

Phoebe and Euphrasia advised but then in dispute, as each of them in Brock Willers chauffeur Philly Kaps recognize the man, who had given them both a promise of marriage. When Philly secretly pronounce Phoebe and reconciles with her again, Euphrasia gets enraged and leaves Philly arrest by the police.

The billionaire Willer Brock wants to marry his daughter Selma essential to his business partner, the German-American Harold of Reckenburg. Selma but strictly refuses and insists on its self-imposed celibacy. Harold's sister Juliane finds out Selma's refusal to marry her and will therefore play a prank. Juliane was in fact once engaged to a young man who had solved this engagement and Selma married when he heard of their dowry.

Disguise and under a false name speaks Juliane ago at Selma and can be recorded in the covenant LVM. During a meeting they mentioned by chance, what they had learned about Harold's sister allegedly Juliane. This had already been frequently seen in public in men's clothes and she would already be gone in the name of her brother for a wife.

The amusement is great, especially as Selma decides to receive the pseudo-Harold in her boudoir, because she really thinks a woman. Father Brock Willer is delighted when he hears that his daughter now but wants to meet her prospective groom.

Second Act - Ballroom at Villa Brock Willer

Euphrasia regretted their betrayal of Philly capes and kidnapped him spontaneously from prison. When they arrive at the villa Brock Willer, hits Philly on Harold and the two start talking. Philly's cocky Harold different advice on how to conquer a woman's heart. To illustrate the whole, asks Harold to Philly to a little role-playing game, in which he will play a woman.

Can accidentally overhear the Selma and is now totally convinced Harold suspect in a woman. Therefore, it is continuing to blow and can even - in front of witnesses - kiss of Harold. Surprised her father she says just that kiss kiss regarded as an engagement. Billionaire Brock Willer pleased and of course an immediate marriage. His friend happened to be present and Sheriff Huckland agrees and takes virtue of his office according to the law this ceremony.

To the subsequent wedding Juliane appears as Countess of Reckenburg and exposes the fraud. Selma is now experiencing her no small shock that she is legally married to a man. Angrily, she leaves her wedding party and flees to her friend Phoebe, who was also privy to this prank.

Third Nude - Brock Willers cabin in the mountains (three months later)

The Confederation LVM has dissolved. Edith has gotten married Browillers outcast nephew of Brock Willer and get paid $ 100,000 dowry. Arthur married his Juliane and Philly's Phoebe. During this time, Selma had retired to his father's cabin in the mountains.

All couples have however agreed to spend their honeymoon together in this cabin. The whole day is now surrounded by Selma turtelnden people and it is envious of their happiness. More and more she wants back her husband Harold. Finally, this also comes into the cabin and wants to speak with Selma. He does not insist on the continuation of their marriage and has drafted a divorce agreement. These tears Selma and after a declaration of love Harolds she falls into the arms of him laughing.


5 Female, 4 Male, SATB Chorus.

Sets: 2

Orchestra: 2222/423/Perc/Hp/Strings

Language Version: G