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La Fillemal Gardee- Fron The Royal Ballet
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Conductor - Barry Wordsworth; Libretto - Jean Daub
Colas - Steven McRae; Lise - Roberta Marquez; Widow - Philip Mosley
Single Seats $15.00
Groups of 10 or more $12.50
Performed on May 16, 2012.
Early morning. Colas, a young peasant, turns up by the home of the rich farmer Widow Simone. He is in love with Lise, Widow Simone’s niece, and wants to see her. But this is not so easy! Even when she hires peasants to help with the harvesting, Widow Simone does not allow Lise to go off with them to the fields, but finds her a job to do in the yard. It is therefore not surprising that the first rendez-vous between the two lovers is at the oil-press. But again Widow Simone appears on the scene and chases off the unwanted suitor. But here is an eligible bridegroom – Alain. Though he is simpleminded, his father Thomas is very well-off, and Widow Simone persuades Lise to come and be introduced to her rich guests. The only hurdle in the way of the match is Colas.
Harvest-time. Though busy with the harvesting, Widow Simone continues to dream of a match between Lise and Alain, despite the latter’s dumbwitted escapades. But the betrothal ceremony, in the form of a game with ribbons, again ends in favor of Lise and Colas.
…The dancing is brought to an end by a storm. All run off to take shelter from the rain.
The storm has blown over. Widow Simone and Lise return home and sit down at their spinning-wheels. Peasants deliver the hay sheaves they have managed to save from the rain. Widow Simone goes off with them, leaving Lise locked up indoors. Lise dreams of her beloved. Suddenly she notices Colas who, unbeknown to her, has hidden himself in the room. An indignant Lise tells him to leave. But, the door is
locked and Colas is trapped inside. Lise soon gets over her anger and, as a sign of reconciliation, she and Colas exchange kerchiefs. Hearing a noise at the door, a panic-stricken Lise hides Colas in the larder. Widow Simone comes in and, noticing the new kerchief round Lise’s neck, locks her into the larder as punishment, never suspecting that Colas is in there too.
…Enter Thomas, already quite at home. He is followed by a notary for the signing of the wedding contract and even by a brass orchestra, hired for the occasion. Making no effort to conceal her joy, Widow Simone hands Alain the key to the larder. The door opens and… out come a bashful Lise and Colas. Thomas is mortally offended. The wedding contract is torn up. The lovers fall at Widow Simone’s feet who has no option but to give them her blessing.
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