Maid Marian is a comic opera in three acts with libretto by Harry B. Smith and music by Reginald de Koven produced at the Chestnut Street Opera House, Philadelphia, PA, on 4 November 1901.
| SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM
|| Henry Cay Barnabee
| LITTLE JOHN
|| W. H. MacDonald
| ROBIN HOOD
|| Albert Parr
| WILL SCARLET
|| Allan C. Hinckley
| FRIAR TUCK
|| George B. Frothingham
|| Adele Rafter
| GUY OF GISBOURNE
|| W. H. Fitzgerald
| DAME DURDEN
|| Josephine Bartlett
| J. J. Fennesey
W. J. Sullivan
| YUSSUF (a slave merchant)
|| J. J. Martin
| SIR H. VEN DE VERE
SIR HUGH MONTFORD
| (Knights of St George)
| Albert Wilder
|| Harry Dale
|| Albert Watson
| AMINA (a snake charmer)
|| Helen Gordon
| LADY VIVIAN
|| Belle Harper
| MAID MARIAN
|| Grace van Studdiford
ACT I - The Park surrounding the Castle of the Earl of Huntington.
- No. 1 - Introduction and Opening Chorus - "The morn is dawning bright and clear, a morning meet to hunt the deer; the horns I hear resounding near, so near..."
- No. 2 - Song - Lady Vivian and Chorus - "Annabel was fairest of the village maidens, and she knew she was fair ... All fair maids well know that they are fair..."
- No. 3 - Song - Scarlet, Friar Tuck and Chorus - "The cellar is dark and the cellar is deep. (Ho, drink, lads, with a will) My lord of the hall goodly liquor doth keep..."
- No. 4 - Song - Marian and Chorus - "Let one who will go hunt the deer in covert close; so will not I. E'en tho' I love the echo clear..."
- No. 5 - Entrance and Song - Sheriff and Chorus - "With lordly pomp and lordly pride..." then, "I am the Sheriff mild and good, identified with Robin Hood..."
- No. 6 - Song - Little John and Men - "Now lads I will sing to ye all a song of the forest so cool and so green ... Sing on, my lad, of forest cool and green..."
- No. 7 - Madrigal - "Love may come, and love may go, straying ever where it will; resting never, wand'ring still, and never for a moment staying..."
- No. 8 - Trio - Vivian, Little John and Dame - "When a woman fain would marry, if her swain's inclined to tarry, it's because she doesn't know just how to treat him."
- No. 9 - Finale Act I - "Now's the time for our preparing fond farewells to say, for the soldiers go today to the wars away; our friends depart today..."
ACT II - The Camp of the Crusaders in the desert, with the city of Acre in the distance.
- No. 9a - Entr'Acte - The Crusader's March.
- No. 10 - Opening Chorus - "Here in the camp we wait for the battle, one and all, one and all. Here in bivouac awaiting for the fray. The hours in camp are gay..."
- No. 11 - Song - Scarlet and Chorus - "A pious monk once tried to teach to an old magpie the art of speech. From pray'r and penance he'd keep away..."
- No. 12 - Song - Robin and Chorus - "When the red sun sinks and the grey owl blinks full of joy at the coming night, then the outlaw lad through the forest goes..."
- No. 13 - Serenade - Sheriff and Chorus - "Go on and give us advice, your advice bestow on us, la, la, la ... When a man is in love, if he'll take my advice..."
- No. 14 - Trio - Robin, Scarlet, Little John and Male Chorus - "The man at arms is a terror in a fight, and the carnage of war is his heart's delight..."
- No. 15 - Song - Alan-a-Dale - "Through all the years thy faith unbroken has shown to me how true thou art; thy gentle glances oft have spoken, and told more..."
- No. 16 - Snake Charmer's Song - Marian and Chorus - "See where the serpent charmer fair calls forth the cobra from its lair. Do not fear; though it come near..."
- No. 17 - Quartet - Sheriff, Dame, Guy and Tuck - "If you were I and I were you, sing marry come up for the change there would be. I'd rather be myself than you..."
- No. 18 - Duet - Marian and Robin - "All the time of parting o'er, how sweet to meet thee; days of separation seem now but a passing dream..."
- No. 19 - Song - Robin and Men - "Guard ye the banner of St George ... That will I! ... Guard well the standard we adore ... That will I! The trust that's given me..."
- No. 20 - Finale Act II - "Lead on, Moslems! Saracens, your foe is there. Lead on, Moslems! You will take him unaware. Allah will direct each arm..."
ACT III - The great Banqueting Hall of Huntington Castle on Christmas Day.
- No. 20a - Entr'Acte II - Saracen Patrol.
- No. 21 - Intro. and Ensemble - "God save ye merry gentlemen, God save ye merry gentlemen, God save ye merry gentlemen, and
give ye Christmas cheer..."
- No. 22 - Song - Lady Vivian and Chorus - "Colin was only a shepherd lad, but soothly a goodly lad was he; and sorry to say, in a foolish way he longed for a lady..."
- No. 23 - Sextet - Robin, Guy, Sheriff, John, Tuck, Scarlet - "Two bluebottle flies went out one day for a pleasant walk together and they lit on the head of a cobbler."
- No. 24 - Finale Act III - "Now chime the wedding bells. Let wedding bells merrily ring. Ring on! Oh, the clink and the clank of the sword has charms in the ear..."
- External Links
- Maid Marian at The Guide to Musical Theatre
- Vocal Score at UR Research
American Musical Theatre
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