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Robin Hood

comic opera in three acts

Music by Reginald De Koven
Libretto by Harry B. Smith
About Robin Hood

De Koven's best known work is usually considered an operetta in the Gilbert and Sullivan tradition, rather than a conventional opera. However classified, it was one of the first nationally popular stage productions featuring original music by an American composer.


Act I

At a village fair, Robert of Locksley meets and falls in love with Maid Marian. However, when Robert attempts to claim his title as Earl of Huntingdon, the Sheriff of Nottingham claims that Robert has been disinherited, and instead grants the title, and Marian's hand, to his protege, Guy of Gisborne. Robert knows there is a trick, but that he will be unable to prevail against the Sheriff's forged documents, and so he joins a band of outlaws and becomes Robin Hood.

Act II

In the forest, where Robin Hood and his men live and hunt, the Sheriff and his men come disguised as tinkers to capture him, and Marian comes to seek him out. The Sheriff is captured, but Guy of Gisbourne arrives with reinforcements and in turn captures Robin and his band.


Robin escapes, and arrives at the church in time to stop the wedding and is about to take Marion into the forest with him when a pardon arrives from the King, allowing all of the outlaws to live happily ever after.

Discography Search for recordings of Robin Hood at Amazon.com

Reginald De Koven: "Oh Promise Me" from Robin Hood


John McCormack

Music of the Night

CD / Pearl/Koch 9243 (1997)

Reginald De Koven

Excerpts from Robin Hood

CD / Aei (1911, 1919)

Reginald De Koven: "Oh Promise Me" from Robin Hood


Jan Peerce

The Bluebird of Happiness

CD / Pearl 9297 (1997)

Reginald De Koven: "Oh Promise Me" from Robin Hood


Lauritz Melchior

Complete MGM Recordings

CD / Romophone 82019 (2001)

Reginald De Koven: "Oh Promise Me" from Robin Hood


Robert Merrill

Robert Merrill on Radio: Unpublished Broadcasts from 1940 to 1946

CD / Enterprise/Radio Years 14 (1995)

Reginald De Koven: "Oh Promise Me" from Robin Hood


John McCormack

Count John McCormack: The Final Recordings

2 CD / Pearl/Koch 9188 (1995)

Reginald De Koven

Robin Hood

Ohio Light Opera

2 CD / Albany (2004)

Last update: January 11, 2009