Albert Lortzing (1801–1851) Der Waffenschmied
Comic Opera in 3 Acts
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Text: Albert Lortzing
Place and time: Worms, 16th century
Characters: HANS STADINGER, blacksmith (bass) – MARIE, his daughter (soprano) – COUNT VON LIEBENAU (baritone) – GEORG, his squire (tenor) – ADELHOF FROM SCHWABIA (bass) – IRMENTRAUT, Marie’s governess (alto) – BRENNER, innkeeper (tenor) – A BLACKSMITH’S JOURNEYMAN (bass)
Konrad, the Count of Liebenau, is supposed to wed the young Miss of Katzenstein. He, however, doesn’t want to know anything about that. He loves Marie, the blacksmith’s daughter, and for her sake works, together with his squire, as a blacksmith’s journeyman. The blacksmith has refused the count as a noble contender; furthermore, Konrad can find out whether he is loved for his own sake or because of his title. After Konrad, the count, reappears, Marie decides against him and chooses Konrad, the simple blacksmith. The blacksmith is just as dissatisfied with that and offers the hand of his daughter to Georg, who naturally rejects it. An invented kidnapping of Marie by the count is supposed to put Konrad, the journeyman, in a position as savior, and change the blacksmith’s mind. Yet even this plan fails. In the end, the count has the smithy surrounded by his men, and Georg reads out a letter from the city council, requesting the blacksmith to marry off his daughter to Konrad, the journeyman, to avoid further incidents and to keep the general peace. Here, the blacksmith must relent. When then, though furious – after the wedding – he recognizes Konrad’s true guise and his doubledealing, he finally gives the couple his blessing.