"The Bohemian Girl" (Balfe)

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"The Bohemian Girl" (Balfe)

Post by Gmemg » Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:24 pm

I've been keen on the Operetta "the Bohemian Girl" Since seeing the Laurel & hardy Version many years ago, the Operetta must be one of the most delightful ever staged and must have been staged every year somewhere since 1843

This channel has a wonderful set of recordings from the Operetta

https://youtu.be/kfp9BH5ahPQ?list=PLaD3 ... qtGuXK2s2P

and the story from Wiki

Act 1
A Polish noble, Thaddeus, in exile in Austria, joins a band of gypsies. He saves Arline, the infant daughter of Count Arnheim, from being killed by a deer. The count, in gratitude, invites him to a banquet, where Thaddeus refuses to toast a statue of the Austrian Emperor, instead splashing it with wine, and escapes from his enraged host with the help of his gypsy friend Devilshoof, who kidnaps Arline.

Act 2
Twelve years have elapsed. Arline can only vaguely remember her noble upbringing. She and Thaddeus are sweethearts, but the Gypsy Queen is also in love with him. Arnheim's nephew Florestein falls in love with Arline (not recognising her), but the Queen plants a medallion stolen from Florestein on Arline. Florestein recognises the medallion and has her arrested. She is tried before the Count who recognises the scar left on her arm from the deer attack.

Act 3
Arline is at a ball in her father's castle, where she feels nostalgic for her Romany upbringing and for her true love. Thaddeus breaks into the castle through a window and pleads for her hand. He eventually wins the trust of the count whom he insulted twelve years ago, and the Count gives them his blessing. The Gypsy Queen stalks Thaddeus to the castle and tries to break in through the same window to kill Arline with a musket and kidnap Thaddeus. Before she can execute her plan, however, Devilshoof tries to wrest the weapon from her hands and she is accidentally killed in the scuffle.

Musical numbers
Act 1

1. "Up with the Banner, and Down with the Slave"
2. "'Tis Sad to Leave Our Fatherland"
3. "In the Gypsy's Life"
4. "Is No Succour Near at Hand?"
5. "Down with the Daring Slave"
6. "What Sound Breaks on the Ear?"
7. "Follow, Follow"
Act 2

8. "Silence, Silence"
9. "Wine, Wine!"
10. "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls"
11. "The Secret of Her Birth"
12. "Happy and Light of Heart Are Those"
13. "'Tis Gone, the Past Was All a Dream"
14. "Come with the Gipsy Bride"
15. "Life Itself Is, at the Best"
16. "To the Hall!"
17. "That Grief May Call Its Own"
18. "Hold! Hold! We Cannot Give the Life We Take"
Act 3

19. "You'll Remember Me"
20. "Through All the World Thou Wilt Fly, My Love"
21. Welcome to the Present"
22. "Oh, What Full Delight"
Film versions[edit]
A silent movie version was made in Britain in 1922. Ellen Terry, much better known as a stage actress, made her last screen appearance as Buda the nursemaid. Ivor Novello plays Thaddeus, Gladys Cooper plays Arline, and C. Aubrey Smith plays Devilshoof.

An early sound short subject version of the opera was filmed in Britain in 1927, starring Pauline Johnson as Arline and Herbert Langley as Thaddeus.

The best-known version is undoubtedly the 1936 full-length Laurel and Hardy film, described in the opening credits as "A Comedy Version of The Bohemian Girl". The characters played by Laurel and Hardy do not appear in the stage opera, nor does Thaddeus appear in the film.

La gitanilla itself has been filmed three times, but never in English.

Other references[edit]
The Bohemian Girl is mentioned in the short stories "Clay" and "Eveline" by James Joyce which are both parts of Dubliners. In "Clay", the character Maria sings some lines from "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls". The aria is quoted again in Joyce's novel Finnegan's Wake.

Booth Tarkington mentions the opera, though not by name, in The Two Vanrevels, and quotes a line of the aria "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls".

The opera is mentioned, and the aria is referred to several times, in the novel Dragonwyck, by Anya Seton, set in 1844. The song also appears in the movie version of the book.

Willa Cather has referenced the work. One of her short stories, entitled "The Bohemian Girl", incorporates quotes from some of the arias (again including "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls"). The plot of the story also has some substantial parallels to the original.

The aria "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls" is sung in the film The Age of Innocence. The aria was played and sung by the character Clementina Cavendish in the 1998 film The Governess.
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