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Logo   Prince Ananias

Music by Victor Herbert, Libretto by Francis Neilson

First performed by "The Bostonians" at the Broadway Theatre, New York City,
on November 20th. 1894.

Cast of Characters

Boniface King of Navarre George Frothingham
Cerdic Duc d'Angers William Castleman
Killjoy Chamberlain to the King Peter Lang
Louis Biron A vagabond poet and adventurer W. H. MacDonald
George Le Grabbe  An outlaw Eugene Cowles
La Fontane Manager of a band of strolling players H. C. Barnabee
Eugene An obscured Dramatist Joseph Sheehan
Jaques An inn keeper James E. Miller
Ivon A villager J. R. Boyle
Felice Countess of Pyrennes, and Sister to Killjoy  Josephine Barlett
Mirabel Daughter to Killjoy Mena Cleary
Ninette A village Belle Eloise Morgan
Idalia La Fontaine's leading lady Jessie Bartlett Davis

Original Performers
Two of the original performers

Synopsis of Scenes

ACT I -   Exterior of an Inn in the Pyrennes.
ACT II -   A glade near the King's palace.

MIDI Files

ACT I   -   Exterior of an Inn in the Pyrennes.

  • No. 1 - Introduction and Chorus - "The glorious robe of Autumn spread o'er hillside and a thousand dales; with tints of gold and flaming red..."
  • No. 2 - Song - George - "Under an oak one fine June morn, unostentatiously was born a babe, ordained for fickle fate to play with far from lightly..."
  • No. 3 - Entrance and Song - Louis - "Ninette has taken heart..."  &  "For all you people know, I might be the heir apparent on a diplomatic mission..."
  • No. 4 - Duo - Ninette and Louis - "It needs no poet, gentle maid, to eulogise your charms ... The compliments, my lord, you've paid fill me with strange alarms..."
  • No. 5a - Chorus of Players - "La Fontaine! La Fontaine! La Fontaine!" etc... "Hey! the jolly fellow, oh, his fun is mellow; here he comes with sunny smile..."
  • No. 5b - Song - La Fontaine and Chorus - "An author manager am I of a company artistic.  Some say the apple of my eye is the ultra realistic..."
  • No. 6 - Scene - Ninette and La Fontaine - "When a maid applies for a part in a company such as mine, and has no particular line, I always consider my Art..."
  • No. 7 - Song - Idalia - "Far o'er the mountains that cleave the blue skies lies the fair hamlet of Fancy.  There dwell the maidens with flashing black eyes..."
  • No. 8 - Duo and Chorus - Louis and George - "When I was born I weighed ten stone ... 'Tis true, I held the scale ... So large was I in head and bone..."
  • No. 9 - Duo - Idalia and Louis - "I am no queen, no sway hold I, no palace waits for me.  The verdant fields, the sun, the sky, and love, if love needs be..."
  • No. 10 - Finale Act I - "Farewell!  provincial towns, farewell!  No more you'll see this company, the weary one-night stand farewell! ..."

ACT II   -   A glade near the King's palace.

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