The Fortune Teller Comic Opera in Three Acts. Libretto by Harry B. Smith. [Piano-vocal score]. Victor HERBERT.

The Fortune Teller Comic Opera in Three Acts. Libretto by Harry B. Smith. [Piano-vocal score]

New York: M. Witmark [PN 1445], [ca. 1950]. Quarto. Original publisher's light brown wrappers with titling within decorative border. [i] (title), [i] (blank), [i] (characters and setting), [i] (contents), 181, [iii] (publisher's advertisements) pp.

Wrappers slightly worn with minor crease and small tear to upper.

A reprint of the first edition.

An operetta in three acts, The Fortune Teller was first performed on Broadway on September 26, 1898 at Wallack's Theatre and ran for 40 performances. It was revived on November 4, 1929 at Jolson's 59th Street Theatre and ran for 16 performances.

"Herbert preferred to compose for trained singers rather than for comedians who sang, and the operettas he wrote for stars like Alice Nielson (The Fortune Teller)..."

"Another speciality was the variation song, with a series of refrains in different styles (e.g. ‘Serenades of All Nations’ from The Fortune Teller, in which a ballerina demonstrates serenades by admirers from Ireland, Spain, China, Italy, France and Haiti) or actual variations of the same tune (‘The Song of the Poet’ from Babes in Toyland, which turned the familiar lullaby ‘Rock-a-bye baby’ into a brassy march, a Neapolitan song or a ragtime song)."

"In The Fortune Teller he even managed to match Strauss for a vigorous csárdás." Steven Ledbetter in Grove Music Online. Item #27566

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