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Fortune Teller, The

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Victor Herbert

Victor Herbert (arr. Frank Campbell-Watson)

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General Info

Year: 1898 / 1941
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Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: M. Witmark and Sons
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


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Program Notes

The Fortune Teller is an operetta in three acts written by Victor Herbert, with a libretto by Harry B. Smith. It premiered on Broadway on September 26, 1898 at Wallack's Theatre and ran for 40 performances.

Herbert wrote his sixth operetta for prima donna Alice Nielsen and her newly formed Alice Nielsen Opera Company. The story is set in Hungary and involves Irma, an heiress from Budapest, who is studying for the ballet. Irma is in love with a young Hussar captain but is being forced to marry the silly Count Barezowski. When a gypsy fortune teller, Musette, arrives, she is mistaken for Irma, a case of mistaken identity that fosters many complications.

Songs include the famous Gypsy Love Song (Slumber on, my little gypsy sweetheart) and Romany Life.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

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