Naughty Marietta


Victor Herbert’s operetta NAUGHTY MARIETTA is set in New Orleans in 1780. The story follows Captain Richard Warrington, who is commissioned to capture the mysterious French pirate who calls himself Bras Priqué, and how a beautiful runaway who calls herself Naughty Marietta, complicates this task.

Photo by Susan Johnson Hanlon - Skylark Opera


Originally produced in New York, this operetta became Victor Herbert’s greatest success. Set in New Orleans in 1780, it tells how Captain Richard Warrington is commissioned to unmask and capture a notorious French pirate calling himself ‘Bras Pique’- and how he is helped and hindered by a high-spirited runaway Contessa Marietta. The score includes many well-known songs, including “Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life,” popularized by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in the film adaptation.


A Comic Opera
Music by Victor Herbert
Book and Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young

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Full Instrumentation

2       Violin I
1       Violin II
1       Viola
1       Cello
1       Bass

2       Flute I & II (Flute II doubles Piccolo)
1       Oboe
2       Clarinet I & II (in Bb)
1       Bassoon

2       Horn I & II (in F)
2       Trumpet I & II (in Bb)
1       Trombone

1       Percussion: Timpani (2), Bass Drum w/Cymbal, Snare Drum, Triangle, Tambourine, Castanets, Bells, Xylophone & Church Bell (or Gong).

1       Harp

  Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with the rehearsal material.

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score
1       Prompt Book for Director
13     Prompt Books for Cast
7       Vocal Parts for Principal Characters
25     Chorus Parts

Cast List

Etienne Grandet, son of Acting-Governor Granet,
he is also the privateer “Bras Pique” Baritone
1st Pirate Speaking role
Pierre La Farge, envoy from Napolean Speaking role
Sister Domenique, chaperone of the Casquette Girls Speaking role
1st, 2nd, 3rd Casquette Girls Speaking roles
Captain Richard Warrington of Kentucky Romantic tenor
Sgt. Harry Blake of the Rangers, born in Ireland Major speaking role, Irish accent
1st Ranger Speaking role
Marietta D’Altena, a runaway countess,
Disguised as a casquette girl Lyric-coloratora soprano
Town Crier Baritone
1st Flower Girl Soprano
2nd Flower Girl Mezzo-soprano
Flower Vendor Baritone
Parakeet Seller Tenor
Fruit Vendor Bass or baritone
Sugarcane Vendor Tenor
1st, 2nd, 3rd Citizens Speaking roles
Adah Le Clercq, Etienne’s quadroon mistress Mezzo-soprano
Scipio, her slave Super
Acting-Governor Grandit Baritone, comic
Florenze Speaking role
Pvt. SILAS SLICK, a young Ranger Singer-dancer, high baritone
Thomas Bailey, a Ranger spy Speaking role
Mére Marie, a conjure woman Mezzo-soprano, major singing

Brief History

NAUGHTY MARIETTA opened on Broadway at the New York Theatre on November 7, 1910 and played for 136 performances starring Emma Trentini in the title role and Orville Harrold as Captain Warrington. It has been revived several times and was transformed into an MGM movie in 1935 starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.