In 1732, Sebastian Bach composed this comic opera about a coffee-crazy young woman whose father tries to come between her and her coffee.
This is how it goes:
The narrator tells the audience to quiet down and pay attention, before introducing Schlendrian and Lieschen.
Schlendrian sings in disgust of how his daughter refuses to listen to him, even after telling her 100,000 times.
Schlendrian asks his daughter again to stop drinking coffee, Lieschen defiantly tells her father to calm down.
Lieschen sings a love song to her coffee.
Schlendrian starts giving ultimatums to his daughter, threatening to take away her meals, clothes, and other pleasures. Lieschen doesn’t seem to care.
Schlendrian tries to figure out what his daughter’s weak spot is, so she absolutely couldn’t want to drink coffee again.
Schlendrian threatens to prevent his daughter from marrying if she fails to give up coffee, Lieschen has a sudden change of heart.
Lieschen thanks her father for offering to find her a husband, and vows to give up coffee if she can have a lover instead.
The narrator states that while Schlendrian goes out to find a husband for his daughter, Lieschen secretly tells potential suitors that they must let her drink her coffee if they care to marry her.
All three characters sing the moral of the story, “drinking coffee is natural”.