No Song, No Supper

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Piano reduction by John Liptrot Hatton

No Song, No Supper is an opera with music by Stephen Storace to a libretto by Prince Hoare.

No Song, No Supper is an operatic afterpiece which is the first of Storace's five collaborations with Hoare. Its premiere was at the Drury Lane Theatre in London, on April 16, 1790.

The piece was first given as a part of a benefit evening for Michael Kelly. He took the role of Frederick, with Nancy Storace taking the role of Margaretta, a role which she was also to sing at her farewell performance in 1808. The flimsy plot involves Margaretta, disguised as a ballad singer, revealing the machinations of a wicked lawyer, whose exposure and departure allows the reunion of two pairs of lovers.

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