The Stoned Guest (album)

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The Stoned Guest
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Studio album by P. D. Q. Bach
Released 1970
Label Vanguard
P. D. Q. Bach chronology
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The Stoned Guest is "the premiere recording of the Half-Act Opera by P. D. Q. Bach", the pseudonym used by Peter Schickele for parodic works. It was released on Vanguard Records in 1970. The title is a play on Dargomyzhsky's opera The Stone Guest. The record is a pseudo-radio broadcast hosted by "Milton Host," including an appearance by "Paul Henry Lung" (a play on Paul Henry Lang) as a contestant on the intermission game "Opera Whiz" hosted by Schickele.


  • Entire fiasco under the supervision of Professor Peter Schickele
  • The Orchestra of the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople Heavy Opera Company under the direction of John Nelson
  • Marlene Kleinman, mezzanine soprano (Donna Ribalda, a high-born lady of the lowlands)
  • Lorna Haywood, off-coloratura (Carmen Ghia, a woman of ailing repute)
  • John Ferrante, bargain counter tenor (Don Octave, an itinerant nobleman)
  • Bernice, houndentenor (Dog)
  • Will Jordan as Milton Host
  • Bill Macy as Paul Henry Lung
  • Amateur Musica Antiqua of Hoople

Track listing[edit]

1. Introduction
2. Half-Act Opera: The Stoned Guest, Part One (P.D.Q. Bach)

  • Overture
  • Aria: "Let's face it — I'm lost"
  • Recitative: "Boy!"
  • Aria: "Now is the season"
  • Recitative: "Gesundheit!"
  • Duet: "Woe"
  • Recitative: "Hark!"
  • Aria: "Look at me"
  • Recitative: "That's the end"
  • Trio: "I'm sure I'd be"

3. Intermission Feature: Opera Whiz
4. Plot Synopsis
5. Half-Act Opera: The Stoned Guest, Completion (P.D.Q. Bach)

  • Recitative: "I hate to interrupt"
  • Quartet: "Don Octave"
  • Finale: "O saviour"

6. Two Madrigals from The Triumphs of Thusnelda (P.D.Q. Bach)

  • "The Queen to me a royal pain doth give"
  • "My bonnie lass she smelleth"


P.D.Q. Bach: The Stoned Guest