Act III Scene

Gilbert and Sullivan Archive


Opera Comique in Three Acts.

founded on the French of Michel Carré.
English lyrics by Frederic E. Weatherly.
English dialogue by Harry Greenbank.
new version with new lyrics by Adrian Ross.
music by André Messager [and Hope Temple (= Dotie Davis)].

This opera was produced at the Savoy Theatre from July 3 to August 11, 1894 (41 performances), and again after extensive revisions from October 6 to December 6, 1894 (61 performances).

Mirette, a gypsy, falls in love with Gerard, nephew of the local Marquise. The Marquise, however, is determined that Bianca, the cloistered daughter of a Baron, marry Gerard, and humiliates Mirette in order to get her out of the way. Mirette ends up with Picorin, one of the gypsies, and Gerard gets Bianca. Incidental humor is provided by Bobinet, another gypsy.

The emphasis in this opera is on romance. The story is clearly modelled on The Bohemian Girl and was written in English for Messager, who never produced it in France. Messager later acknowledged that his future wife, a songwriter known as Hope Temple, assisted in writing the music for this opera. Her name, however, does not appear on any published version. (See John Wagstaff, André Messager: a Bio-Bibliography.)

First Version (opened 3 July 1894)

  • Libretto in Text (117K File) format.

Second Version (opened 6 October 1894)

  • Libretto

  • Song Lyrics of Second Version

The Music

The librettos, notes, introduction, opening night review, and MIDI files were submitted to the Gilbert & Sullivan Archive by Clifton Coles.

Page updated 6 February 2012