The Red Mill
Composer: Victor Herbert
Composer Bio: Victor Herbert (February 1, 1859 – May 26, 1924) was an Irish-born, German-raised American composer, cellist, and conductor. He is best known for his many operettas which premiered on Broadway between the 1890s and World War I. He was a founding member of ASCAP, an activist for the legal rights of composers, and influenced the development of the Copyright Act of 1909. Herbert began his career in Vienna, Austria and Stuttgart, Germany where he performed as a cellist. He and his opera singer wife moved to the United States in 1886 when both worked with the Metropolitan Opera. They eventually became citizens and remained in the US for the rest of their lives.
Librettist: Henry Blossom
Premiere Date: September 24, 1906
Description: Two American vaudevillians, Con and Kid, are traveling in Europe. While staying in a village in Holland they find themselves stranded without a cent to their names at "The Sign of the Red Mill" inn. Desperate to return to New York, they attempt to sneak out without paying but are caught. The Innkeeper pities them and keeps the on to work off the debt. When the Burgomaster's daughter is imprisoned in the mill to keep her from marrying the man she loves, the Americans help the two of them escape. Con and Kid happily return home to New York.
Character List (Major): Con Kidder, Kid Connor - Two Americans "doing" Europe
Burgomaster Jan van Borken - of Katwyck-aan-Zee>br> Bertha - his sister
Gretchen - his daughter
Willem - innkeeper at the "Red Mill"
Character List (Minor): Tina - Willem's daughter
Captain Doris van Damm
Franz - the sheriff of Katwyck-aan-Zee
The Governor of Zeeland
Joshua Pennyfeather - an English solicitor
Countess de la Fère - an automobilist
Bit Parts: Flora, Dora, Lena, Anna, Phyllis, Madge, and others
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: 2
Contact: G. Schirmer Inc.
Schedule of Performances Listings
The Red Mill (Herbert)
Friday, September 22, 1995 - Lyric Opera San Diego
The Red Mill (Herbert)
Tuesday, December 31, 1991 - Light Opera Works
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