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)
Second Version (opened 6 October 1894)
The librettos, notes, introduction, opening night review, and MIDI files were submitted to the Gilbert & Sullivan Archive by Clifton Coles.