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Orange Blossoms Victor Herbert - The Comic Opera Guild 2005 Live Recording

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This is a live recording of the entire score from the 2005 Comic Opera Guild revival of Victor Herbert's 1922 hit romantic comedy about an American girl enmeshed in a series of romantic misunderstandings as she seeks a job in Paris. It was a common tradition in the 1920's to have "Orange Blossoms" at every wedding. A wedding is the central event of Herbert's show, hence the title. The story is about a young American woman of no means who travels to Paris to see her godfather, a divorce lawyer, and seek work. One of the godfather's clients is an impoverished baron who wants to marry a Brazilian woman, but can't collect his inheritance if he does so. The lawyer decides to arrange an in-name-only marriage between his client and his goddaughter. Not surprisingly, there are complications. Orange Blossoms is considered one of the best shows that Herbert wrote that people don't know, with a very good script from a French novel. The show rejuvenated Herbert's career at the time it was first performed. The Comic Opera Guild's 2005 production of "Orange Blossoms" marks Herbert's 150th birthday, and despite the show's initial box-office success, it is the musical's first staging in 70 years. The play is funny and the music is wonderful.

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