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The Clever Mistress

"A Boccaccio-inspired story of a bored noblewoman plotting to cheat on her elderly husband, The Clever Mistress, in its New York premiere, features Gianni Schicchi-style high jinks and some comically pointed dialogue...." 

The New York Times

"Sirota has called attention to the pleasure of the sharp short takes of Boccaccio's medieval masterpiece."

Berkshire Fine Arts


(1988) 26’  |  View Score

Chamber opera in one act. Libretto by Robert Sirota, based upon a story from The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio.


The Clever Mistress, a comedy, can be billed with Theodore Wiprud's My Last Duchess, a tragedy, for a double bill of one-acts, both set in the Italian Renaissance. The original production is available, as are the works individually.


1 S, 1 T, 2 Bar; chorus (sb), 1-1-1-1; 0-1-1-0; perc, vln, vla, vcl


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