Herbert - Dream City & The Magic Knight | Albany TROY154142

Herbert - Dream City & The Magic Knight


Label: Albany

Cat No: TROY154142

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 2nd March 2015



Ohio Light Opera


Steven Byess


Herbert, Victor

Dream City & the Magic Knight


Ohio Light Opera


Steven Byess


Rarely, if ever, has a successful Broadway show received such unanimously rave reviews, yet disappeared so quickly as Victor Herbert's 1906 Dream City & The Magic Knight.

The show traces its genesis to attempts by the celebrated vaudeville team of Lew Fields and Joe Weber to interest Victor Herbert in writing music for one of their shows. Herbert had no interest in writing for vaudeville, but when Weber went out on his own as a producer, he contracted with Herbert for a comic opera.

Billed as a "Dramatic Pipe in Two Puffs," the show's zany first act was in the musical comedy style; in the middle of the second act is an operatic burlesque, spoofing the conventions of grand opera, particularly Wagner's Lohengrin.

The Ohio Light Opera offers a new performance edition, with complete music and dialogue recorded live at the 2014 Summer Festival.

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