The Farmer (opera)

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The Farmer is a two-act comic opera with music by William Shield and a libretto by the Irish writer John O'Keeffe, set in London and Kent and premiered at the Theatre Royal Covent Garden on 31 October 1787.[1]

O'Keeffe adapted the text from his play The Plague of Riches, which had been rejected. Its songs included "A Flaxen-Headed Cow-Boy".



  1. ^ White, Eric Walter: A Register of First Performances of English Operas (London: Society for Theatre Research, 1983), p. 51.

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