The Enchantress
A Lyric Theatre Discovery Series Production
Semi-staged, with orchestra

Music:  Victor Herbert
Libretto:  Fred de Gresac
Lyrics:  Harry B. Smith

Victor Herbert was a very successful composer of 46 musicals in the early 20th century, many of which were Broadway hits. Herbert's chief biographer, Edward Waters, says of The Enchantress…“one of the best things Herbert ever did. The score is filled with sumptuously beautiful music, and its neglect today is both unpardonable and unreasonable.”

Prince Ivan of Zergovia has just returned from studying abroad and is to be crowned King. Though he has flirted with many women during his travels, he has fallen in love with the opera singer, Vivien. The law of Zergovia states that Ivan must marry a princess in order to keep the throne, and several princesses are on hand vying to become his queen. Meanwhile, the former regent of Zergovia and the minister of war plot to keep Ivan off the throne and to keep themselves in power.

Includes the hit songs “Art Is Calling For Me” (“I want to be a prima-donna”) and “Land of My Own Romance,” which were recorded by Beverly Sills on her tribute album to Victor Herbert.

Lyric Theatre is proud to produce this rarely heard, but beautiful rare gem, for your musical enjoyment!


Performances at the San José City College Theater
  • Sat, August 4, 2018, 8 pm
  • Sun, August 5, 2018, 2 pm

Producer:
           Mackenzie Davenport
Stage Director:  Mark Blattel
Music Director:  Bruce Herman
Conductor:         Jeff Yaeger

Cast

Vivian - Teressa Foss
Mamoute - Linda Solis
Marion - Natalia Loken
Princess Diana - Barbara Murray
Princess Stephanie - Madeleine Graham
Princess Stellina - Diane Squires
Princess Poppy - Kimberley Anjal
Princess Floria - Elinor Gates
Princess Berenice - Charlotte Signorelli
Princess Hortensia - Karen Tricomo
Princess Adrea - Gwendolyne Wagner
Prince Ivan - Gregory Spear
Troute - Mark Blattel
Poff - David Simon
Miloch - Daniel Galpin
Ozir - Robert Solis
Prince Zepy - David Powell

Ensemble

Shirley Benson
Bob Crabb
Terri Crabb
Jane Crockford
Lynne Haynes-Tucker
Laurie Hupman
Ed Kral
Kathy Kriese
Lillie Moore
Karli Sharp
Miles Spielberg
Dan Zulevic
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Enchantress poster


Alyce Mott photo
Please join us one hour before curtain for a special pre-performance talk.  Our directors will be joined by Alyce Mott, Herbert historian and librettist; and by John Guidinger, a renowned collector of Victor Herbert-related pictures and reviews.