Cyrano de Bergerac is an operetta composed by Victor Herbert with a libretto by Harry B. Smith. It is based on play written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand. It opened at the Knickerbocker Theatre, New York on 18 September 1899.
| CYRANO de BERGERAC
|| Francis Wilson
| COUNT de GUICHE
|| Robert Broderick
| RAGUENEAU (a poetical baker)
|| Peter Lang
| CAPTAIN CASTEL-JALOUX
|| John E. Brand
| CHRISTIAN de NEUVILLETTE
|| Charles H. Bowers
| MONTFLEURY (an actor)
|| A. M. Holbrook
| CAPTAIN OF THE CARDINAL'S GUARD
|| Joseph M. Ratliff
| LISE (wife of Ragueneau)
|| Josephine Knapp
| A DUENNA
|| Josephine Intropidi
| 1st. POET
|| Karl Stall
| 2nd. POET
|| Thomas De Vassey
| 3rd. POET
|| H. L. Owen
| A YOUNG LORD
|| William Laverty
| A DOORKEEPER
|| Charles F. Dodge
|| Lulu Glaser
ACT I - Salon in the Hotel de Bourgogne.
- No. 1 - Opening Chorus - "The clock is on the stroke of eight, the hall is gay and bright, and with impatience we await a novelty tonight..."
- No. 2a - Chorus of Cavaliers - "Come the gallants of the court, the valiant carpet Knights; play and sport of ev'ry sort each cavalier invites..."
- No. 2b - Song - Roxane and Male Chorus - "I am a court coquette, they say, eh bien! it is admitted, you've tried to win me ev'ry way, and all have been outwitted."
- No. 3 - Song - Cyrano and Chorus - "I come, I come from Gascony, that home of poor relations; I'm rustic bred as you may see; my folk of humble stations."
- No. 4 - Duet - Cyrano and Roxane - "The man to whom I give my heart must have a wondrous brain, must know each science and each art..."
- No. 5 - Combat Chorus and Solo - Christian - "What's that? what can it be? 'Tis the ring of swords." & "Ye gallants of our sunny land who woo with hearts aflame..."
- No. 6 - Trio - Roxane, Cyrano and Christian - "The little song he sent to me, I'll sing it, then perchance I'll see if my unknown ideal is he; Yes, I will see..."
- No. 7 - Finale Act I - "With measured tread and haughty head we come, the Cardinal's guard; for he insists that duellists shall meet a fate that's hard..."
ACT II - Ragueneau's Cook Shop.
- No. 8 - Opening Chorus, and Song - Lise - "In Ragueneau's café there is a welcome hearty, and here on ev'ry day you'll find a hungry party..."
- No. 9 - Chorus of Poets, with Ragueneau, 1st. Poet and Lise - "Comrades of Apollo you behold in us; rough the road we follow, fate of genius..."
- No. 10 - Song - Cyrano and Chorus - "What makes a man a soldier or a poet? What makes a man succeed at any game? I fancy ev'rybody doesn't know it..."
- No. 11 - Captain Castel-Jaloux and Male Chorus - "Captain am I of a gallant band, the bold cadets of Gascony. Sword in hand 'gainst the world we stand..."
- No. 12 - Waltz Song - Roxane - "I wonder, I wonder if love is grief or joy. I wonder if to love or not is best. With smiling be guiling, a mischief making boy..."
- No. 13 - Finale Act II - "Oh, hark the call, our country is in need. The foe awaits e'en at our gates, we must the summons heed."
ACT III - The French Camp.
- No. 14 - Entr'acte, and Unaccompanied Male Chorus - "In bivouac reposing, warriors sleep, in lightest of dozing or in slumber deep..."
- No. 15 - Song - Cyrano and Chorus - "If a person asks me questions on affairs of no account, I'll give him ready answers in a fabulous amount..."
- No. 16 - Song - Roxane and Chorus - "Over the mountain road so steep, we started at early dawn; o'er the cliffs so high, in the gorges deep, we rushed..."
- No. 17 - Serenade - Captain Castel-Jaloux and Chorus - "Here's a song for you, beauty's own paragon, for we hear you're surpassingly fair..."
- No. 18 - Trio - Cyrano, Christian and Roxane - "Let the sun of thine eyes melt the ice of my heart, which may melt into rivers of melody sweet..."
- No. 19 - Finale Act III - "It's the influence of an ambitious nose; it is that which always leads on to great and noble deeds..."
- External Links
- Vocal Score at The Library of Congress
- "Pocket Version" on YouTube
American Musical Theatre
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