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La Canterina

 

 

Gasparina
Done Ettore
Don Pelagio
Apollonia
The Broker's Men,
The Cat
 

apprentice prima donna
merchant's son and hopeful lover
enamoured music teacher
'chaperone' to Gasparina
non-singing roles
non-singing role  

Gasparina is a soprano fallen on hard times, currently rather more successful at manipulating the men in her life than pursuing her career. She, her chaperone Appolonia, a dame of dubious function, and their cat, share tatty rooms provided by her music master, Don Pelagio. Gasparina is a pupil not only of music but the ways of a hard world and with Appolonia's assistance she occupies herself in getting as much out of her admirers as she can.

 

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Paint and powder, it's their duty
To improve on natural beauty
when complexion needs correction
Praise the man whose creams renew

 

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