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The Two Roses is a comic opera with libretto, based on She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, by Stanislaus Stange and score by Ludwig Engländer. It opened at the Broadway Theatre, New York on 21 November 1904 where it closed after just 29 performances.

Dramatis Personæ

(Rustics recently appointed to "The Grange" servants' hall) {
Ada Meade
Grace Spencer
Ila Niles
Bertha Holly
James Beall
Roy Penalton
Otto Wedemyer
Frank Boyle
SUSAN KNIGHT   (maid to Rose Decourcelles) Ida Hawley
DR. THOMAS WELL   (a young physician) M. W. Whitney, Jr.
LADY JANE   (friend of Rose Decourcelles) Louise Le Baron
FERDINAND DAY   (Squire Oldfield's step-son) Louis Harrison
MRS. OLDFIELD   (Ferdinand's mother) Josephine Bartlett
ANDREW OLDFIELD   (Squire of Cobham Manor) Clarence Handyside
PHILIP MERIVALE   (Rose Decourcelles' suitor) Roland Cunningham
  (Squire Oldfield's ward, at one time known as Rose Marie)  

MIDI Files

ACT I   -   Farmer Knight's Apple Orchard.

  • No. 1 - Prelude and Opening Ensemble - "'Tis the hour!  'Tis the hour!  We wait for our sweethearts, our sweetheats they go to the fair.  They are not there..."
  • No. 2 - Song - Susan - "Captain Jack of the Fusileers, beloved of all the 'pretty dears', was oft the cause of sighs and tears, such a handsome chap was he ..."
  • No. 3 - Song - Tom, Susan and Octet - "All girls who trust this doctor just, need fear no treatment rash;  I give no pills, for all their ills, I recommend a 'mash' ..."
  • No. 4 - Trio - Mr. & Mrs. Oldfield and Ferdinand - "Yachts may be slow, with largest of sails, no matter how large they may be.   Dogs that are short ..."
  • No. 5 - Song - Philip - "'Tis the lace on the skirt of a frivolous flirt,  'tis hid in the curls of all pretty young girls,  'tis all that is vain in the feminine brain..."
  • No. 6 - Ensemble and Entrance of Rose - "'Tis the hour! ... 'Tis the hour! ... They're late, I fear! ... No!  No!  They are here. ... Fairest of roses, roses, roses..."
  • No. 7 - Quartet - Rose, Jane, Philip and Tom - "They who tarry oft are late, no joy can come too soon.  It is most surely tempting fate to slight today's high noon."
  • No. 8 - Duet - Rose and Philip - "A kiss is just nothing divided by two, a something that you all alone cannot do.  It suffices for two, deficient for three..."
  • No. 9 - Song - Ferdinand and Chorus - "There's not a thing I would not do for her I love, and so would you;  most anything, it's really so, and that's the truth..."
  • No. 10 - Song - Rose - "For wealth and rank I do not long, such things are false and vain;  nor can compare with Love's sweet song, sung by a simple swain..."
  • No. 11 - Finale Act I - "Ding, dong, ding, dong, ringing of the bells!  Ding, dong, ding, dong, happiness foretells, for our Rose we pray blessing on the day..."

ACT II   -   Squire Oldfield's House.

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