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Lillian Russell in the "Tzigane" / cabinet photograph by Sarony.

Image ID: th-48477

Lillian Russell in the "Tzigane" / cabinet photograph by Sarony. (1895)

Image Details

Image Title

:  Lillian Russell in the "Tzigane" / cabinet photograph by Sarony.


: Smith, Harry Bache, 1860-1936 -- Librettist
Sarony & Co -- Photographer
De Koven, Reginald, 1859-1920 -- Composer
Lillian Russell Opera Company -- Producer

Additional Name(s)

: Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893 -- Associated name

Created Date

: 1895

Specific Material Type

: photographs

Item Physical Description

: 1 cabinet photograph : b&w ; 17 x 11 cm.


: Librettist Smith wrote that the plot was suggested by Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, which was incorporated into the secont act finale. The composer De Koven and librettist Smith attended public school together in Chicago and were also known for writing the musicals Robin Hood and Rob Roy. Note 2.) Lillian Russell dressed for her role Vera, a Russian gypsy in The Tzigane, produced by the Lillian Russell Opera Company, music by Reginald De Koven, libretto by Harry B. Smith. Note 3.) National Endowment for the Arts Millennium Project. Note 4.) The operetta was performed at New York City's Abbey's Theatre May 16-June 15(?), 1895, and later toured cities in the United States, including Princeton, N.J., New Haven, Conn., Boston, Mass., Ithaca, N.Y., Pittsburgh, Penn., and Chicago, Ill. from Sept. 1895 to Jan. 1896. This is one of Russell's few appearances in an American operetta before 1900. Note 5.) Treasures of the American Performing Arts, 1875-1923


: Billy Rose Theatre Collection photograph file / Personalities / R / Lillian Russell


: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts / Billy Rose Theatre Division

Catalog Call Number

: *T-PHO (A) Russell, Lillian, no. 21

Digital ID

: th-48477

Record ID

: 182406

Digital Item Published

: 8-27-2010; updated 5-8-2012

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