Madeleine is a delightfully silly comic operetta in one act by Victor Herbert set to a libretto by Grant Stewart, after the French play Je dîne chez ma mère (I'm dining at my mother's house) by Adrien Decourcelle and Lambert-Thiboust. It premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in New York on 24 January 1914 with Frances Alda in the title role.
Our story recounts the chagrin of Madeleine Fleury, a wealthy socialite, who cannot persuade any of her admirers or lovers to dine with her on New Year's Day. All of them have promised to dine with their mothers instead. Even her maid refuses for the same reason. Her childhood friend, Didier, a modest artist, invites her to dine with him and his parents, but in the end, she refuses and dines alone before a portrait of her mother painted by Didier.
Sung in English.
KELLI ESTES-director ANDREW SCHNEIDER-music director/piano, JIM ELLIOTT-lighting design, ALICIA CHEW-costume design