The Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE!

Operetta Research Center
21 October, 2013

The title alone is worth a headline: “Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE!” It is the world’s only production company uniquely devoted to American music composer Victor Herbert. And: It begins its first-ever season with a kick-off concert titled Art Is Calling For Me on November 20, 2014.

Operetta crusader Stephen Faulk.

Operetta crusader and Victor Herbert specialist Stephen Faulk. (Photo: VHRP LIVE!)

VHRP LIVE! was formed in 2014 to produce – for the first time in 100 years – a full orchestral reading of Herbert’s entire 1911 Grand Opera Natoma. (ORCA reported on that concert.) Now, the company’s Artistic Director Alyce Mott and Music Director Michael Thomas present a season of three eagerly anticipated evenings showcasing their selections from Herbert’s most relevant works arranged to grab the audience’s attention and re-awaken affection for the American master’s original musical genius.

Their kick-off concert with a best-of Victor Herbert will be followed by a performance of his stunning 1899 operetta Cyrano de Bergerac on February 26, 2015 and concluding with one of America’s finest operettas, Naughty Marietta, on April 23, 2015.

Poster for the 1935 movie version of "Naughty Marietta."

Poster for the 1935 movie version of “Naughty Marietta.”

The performances will be in Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, an acoustically-excellent 400-seat venue in New York City. Performers include Stephen Faulk and Nathan Brian who made such an impression during this summer’s Ohio Light Opera Festival. It is a delight to see and hear these two operetta crusaders again – in this repertoire. (Remember their stand-out performances in Herbert’s Dream City and the Magic Knight at OLO? A DVD will be released next year.)

For tickets, click here.

And just to get into the festival mood properly, here is the great song “Art Is Calling For Me” from Herbert’s The Enchantress, sung by Kiri te Kanawa (in one of her more memorable outfits.)


There are 2 comments

  1. Pino Nugnes

    Victor Herbert composed waltzes and ensembles in Johann Strauss’style but later he even composed several catchy fox-trot tunes! His scores are very different the ones from the others. Herbert is definitely one of my favorites.

  2. geerd heinsen

    and so he is mine, catchy music and zesty tunes – the best of both worlds (and continents)