Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE! Unveils 6th Season

By David Salazar

The Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE! is set to open its sixth season this November. The company has themed its new season “Love, Parisian Style!”

All performances will take place at the Christ & St. Stephen’s Church in New York City.

The season is set to open with “The Debutante,” a 1914 work that will be presented with a new libretto. The opera will feature Claire Leyden in the title role.

“We noticed that we had already performed 4-5 songs in concert from the 1914 musical comedy, ‘The Debutante,’” Alyce Mott, the company’s Artistic Director told OperaWire. “We took a look and discovered another strong woman, Elaine, with a plot set in the age of Cubism, Art Deco and Women’s Suffrage.”

Performance Date: Nov. 19 & 20, 2019

Next up is the one-act opera “Madeleine,” also from 1914. Madeleine will be played by Tanya Roberts. This opera was originally performed by The Metropolitan Opera Company.

“We really wanted to stage Herbert’s 1914 experimental one act opera ‘Madeleine,’ about a French diva searching for a dinner partner in Paris on New Year’s Eve, as the center piece of this season, we searched out other Herbert works we had not yet produced which had strong women and a Parisian setting,” Mott added.

Performance Dates: March 3 & 4, 2020

The season ends with “Mlle. Modiste,” an operetta from 1905. Sarah Caldwell Smith stars in the work.

“’Mlle. Modiste’ was the perfect season finale as we had an orchestration for our New Victor Herbert Orchestra. Not only is it a flag waving celebration of all things French, it has that strong woman at its core – Fifi, first portrayed by Fritzi Scheff, the first crossover star from the Metropolitan Opera Company to Broadway,” Mott concluded.

Performance Dates: May 5 & 6, 2020