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Victor Herbert

King of the operetta

Born February 1, 1859, Dublin, Ireland
Emigrated 1886
Died May 26, 1924, New York, New York
About Victor Herbert

Although better known for the dozens of operettas he composed, including Naughty Marietta and Babes in Toyland, Herbert also wrote two operas, both of which were performed at the Met but neither of which had much impact on the development of opera in America.

  • Natoma, opera in three acts
    Libretto by J. D. Redding.
    February 25, 1911, Philadelphia-Chicago Opera Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mary Garden, John McCormack; also 28 Feb. 1911, Metropolitan Opera, New York, New York
  • Madeleine, opera in one act
    Libretto by G. Stewart.
    January 24, 1914, Metropolitan Opera, New York, New York, Frances Alda, Paul Althouse, Pini-Corsi, c. Polacco, d. Novak (4 performances)

Discography Search for recordings of the music of Victor Herbert at Amazon.com

Excerpts from Natoma


Slovak RSO Bratislava/Brion 2000

Victor Herbert: Columbus Suite

CD / Naxos 559027 (2000)

"A perfect day" from Madeline


Frances Alda

The Complete Victor Recordings, 1909-1915

CD / Romophone 81034 (1999)

Paul's Address from Natoma


John McCormack

McCormack in Opera

CD / Nimbus 7820 (1992)

Paul's Address from Natoma


John McCormack

Aris, Recitals And Songs

CD / Nimbus 1782 (1994)

Paul's Address from Natoma


John McCormack

The First Recordings: 1907-1914

CD / Enterprise/Vocal Archives 1129 (1996)

"I list the trill in golden throat" from Natoma


Alma Gluck

Alma Gluck

CD / Marston 52001 (1997)

Paul's Address from Natoma


John McCormack

Cronology [sic] of a Voice

CD / Minerva 6 (2000)

Arias from Natoma (Jan Peerce, Alma Gluck, John McCormack, Reinald Werrenrath)

A Perfect Day from Madeline


Souvenirs from American Opera

CD / IRCC 818 (1998)

Reveries from Hearts of Eileen


The Art of the American Singer

CD / Newport 85636 (1998)

"I list the trill in golden throat" from Natoma


American Singers, Volume 1

CD / IRCC 810 (1994)

Paul's Address from Natoma



CD / Nimbus 1794 (1998)

Excerpts from Natoma


Eastman-Dryden Orchestra/Hunsberger

Victor Herbert: The American Girl

CD / Arabesque 6561 (1992)

"A perfect day" from Madeline


Frances Alda

Acoustic & Electric Recordings, 1910-198

CD / VAI 1126 (1996)

Last update: January 1, 2009