The Magic Knight
by Victor Herbert
April 1, 2, 8 and 9
Wall Street Theater
Stage Director: Marian Shulman
Music Director: James Cooper
Performed with HMS Pinafore
“The Magic Knight” is a light-hearted and silly spoof of grand opera and in particular of Lohengrin.
Elsa and her brother Godfrey have been left orphans under the guardianship of their uncle and aunt Frederick and Ortrud, who conspire to defraud them of their estates.
Godfrey has disappeared, and Elsa is accused before the King of made away with little Godfrey, and is about to be condemned when, as a last resource, she demands to have the Herald ask for some knight errant to appear and champion her couse against her uncle.
Lohengrin appears, sailing down the river on boat drawn by a swan, and in answer to Elsa’s appeal fighs and defeta Frederick, whereupon Ortrud fonfesses that she used her magic arts to change Godrey into a swan, and Lohengrin, being something of a magician himself, shanges him back again and returns to Fairyland.
If the audience will listen intently, it is possible that the shade of RIchard Wagner may be heard to turn over.