The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0517 Wednesday, 15 March 2000.
Date: Tuesday, 14 Mar 2000 15:26:02 -0600
Subject: Auden and Love's Labour's Lost
I recently came across a libretto by W. H. Auden (co-written with
Chester Kallman) for an opera of Love's Labour's Lost. The libretto is
published in its entirety for the first time, and as far as I can tell,
only time, in the Princeton University Press Complete Works of W. H.
Auden. The edition has wonderful notes which suggest the opera was
performed only once, on Feb. 7th, 1973 by the Deutsche Oper in
Brussels. Does anyone know anything else about the production? The only
review I can find is referred to by Mendelson, the editor of the
Princeton edition. Was there ever a recording done? Was it ever revived?
For those interested, the libretto is quite interesting and might serve
as a revealing comparison with the new Branagh film.
John S. Pendergast
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville