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The Wizard of the Nile is a burlesque operetta in three acts composed by Victor Herbert to a libretto by Harry B. Smith. It was Herbert's second operetta, after Prince Ananias, and his first real success. It was given 105 performances on Broadway at the Casino Theatre, opening on 4 November 1895.

Dramatis Personæ

KIBOSH   (a Persian magician, making a professional tour of Egypt) Frank Daniels
ABYDOS   (his apprentice) Louise Royce
PTOLEMY   (King of Egypt) Walter Allen
SIMOONA   (Ptolemy's second wife) Mary Palmer
CLEOPATRA   (a Princess who knows naught of love) Dorothy Morton
PTARMIGAN   (Cleopatra's music teacher) Edwin Isham
CHEOPS   (the royal weather bureau) Louis Casavant
OBELISKA   (captain of the Amazons) Helen Redmond
NETOCRIS   (lieutenant of the Amazons) Claudia Carlstedt
MERZA   (first maid-of-honor to Cleopatra) Grace Rutter

MIDI Files

  • Overture

ACT I   -   Public Square in Alexandria.

  • No. 1 - Opening Ensemble - "Aïah!  Aïah!  Aïah!  Aïah!  Father Nile, keep us in thy care, keep us in thy care, thy children, thy loving sons we are..."
  • No. 2 - Duet - Obeliska and Cheops, with Chorus - "He's not egotistic, but most optimistic;  he ever laughs loudest at Fate's severe frown..."
  • No. 3 - Oriental March - "Strew the way with flow'rets blooming, deck his path with garlands gay.  Let their blushing and perfuming make a monarch's holiday..."
  • No. 4 - Duet - Ptolemy, Simoona and Chorus - "I am the ruler of the whole Egyptian nation ... Excuse me, my dear, but you can't rule me! ..."
  • No. 5 - Song - Kibosh and Chorus - "Of all the magicians of lofty positions who give exhibitions, I'm easily King.   My mysteries hazy set ev'ryone crazy..."
  • No. 6a - Chorus - "Pure and white is the Lotos Lily flower, tira la!  tira la!  Fa la la la la!  Where it bloometh in its lonely river bower, tira la!  tira la!  Fa la la la la! ..."
  • No. 6b - Solo with Chorus - Cleopatra - "I have been a-maying, though the month is June, where the reeds are playing Zephyr's fairy tune..."
  • No. 7 - Duet - Kibosh and Cleopatra - "Tell me, tell me prithee tell me, you who are so old and wise, what this article may be that ev'rybody seems to prize..."
  • No. 8 - Solo - Ptarmigan - "If it were for me to lead to glory, to glory and the splendid pomp of war, then my love would have a diff'rent story..."
  • No. 9 - Finale Act I - "Strew the way with flow'rets blooming, deck the paths with garlands gay.  Let their blushing and perfuming make a monarch's holiday..."

ACT II   -   Terraced roof of the King's palace.

ACT III   -   Interior of the King's private pyramid.

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External Links
Vocal Score at Musopen
The Wizard of the Nile at Wikipedia
The Wizard of the Nile at The Guide to Musical Theatre

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