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' Louise'


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Act II of Charpentier's Opera
Orchestral Prelude: 'Paris Awakes '
Scene 1 : At the foot of the hill of Montmartre.
Scene 2 : A Dressmaker's Workroom-
Principal parts
Other parts sung by Lisette Denie ; Ruby Heyl ; Elsa Stenning ; Marie Thultiez ; Vanwy Davies ; Jean Givau dan ; Robert Easton ;Leslie Horsman ; Frank Sale ; Booth Hitchin ; Octave Dua ; Roy Devereux ; Clifford Millar ; Robert Alva ; Osborn Oakley ; Liddell Peddison ; Martin Quinn ; Enid James ; Dorothy Milnes ; Elizabeth Aveling ; Anna Bretton ; Margaret Lewys ;
Audrey Langford
Chorus Master, ROBERT AINSWORTH from the Royal Opera House,
Covent Garden
Act II of Louise opens with a fine piece of tone painting in the form of a Prelude which is entitled ' Paris Awakes '. The curtain rises on a street scene in Montmartre, and we see the people in the street busily going about their work, such as the milk-woman, the rag-picker, the paper girl, etc. Julien appears with some of his friends and they plan to seize Louise on the way to her work. The dressmaking girls, among whom are Louise and her mother, begin to arrive. Louise goes into the house and when her mother has gone Julien rushes in and reappears with Louise. He tries to persuade her to fly with him, but she refuses.
After a short and brilliant orchestral interlude, the scene changes to the dressmakers' workroom, where we see
Louise surrounded by her friends. They make fun at her being in love, and she answers by singing of the spirit of Paris. From the street is heard a serenade sung by Julien, which has its desired effect on Louise, who finally tells her friends to inform her employer that she has been taken ill and has had to go home. She leaves her friends and goes off with Julien.


Sung By: Lisette Denie
Sung By: Ruby Heyl
Sung By: Elsa Stenning
Sung By: Marie Thultiez
Sung By: Vanwy Davies
Sung By: Jean Givau
Unknown: Robert Easton
Unknown: Leslie Horsman
Unknown: Frank Sale
Unknown: Booth Hitchin
Unknown: Octave Dua
Unknown: Roy Devereux
Unknown: Clifford Millar
Unknown: Robert Alva
Unknown: Osborn Oakley
Unknown: Liddell Peddison
Unknown: Martin Quinn
Unknown: Enid James
Unknown: Dorothy Milnes
Unknown: Elizabeth Aveling
Unknown: Anna Bretton
Unknown: Margaret Lewys
Conductor: Audrey Langford
Conductor: Malcolm Sargent
Chorus Master: Robert Ainsworth
Louise: Bernadette Delprat
Julien: Rene Maison
The Mother: Jane Bourguignon

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