Naughty Marietta

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Listen below to the well-known Italian Street Song performed by Judith Blazer and the ​Catholic University of America A Cappella Choir.

Harbinger Records is pleased to announce the reissue—for the first time on CD—of the Smithsonian Institution’s 1981 recording of Naughty Marietta, starring Judith Blazer and Leslie Harrington and conducted by James R. Morris.

Composer Victor Herbert’s greatest achievement was this beloved classic of American operetta, first produced on Broadway in 1910. The tale of an Italian countess who stows away on a ship to New Orleans, where she falls in love with a frontiersman, it was adapted multiples times—most notably for the 1935 film with Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald—but these adaptations played fast and loose with Naughty Marietta’s story and music.

In 1981, the Smithsonian’s American Musical Theater series produced the first studio recording of the complete score of Naughty Marietta following semi-staged performances of the operetta at Baird Auditorium in D.C., giving fans the opportunity to hear it exactly as it was written by Herbert and librettist-lyricist Rida Johnson Young.

“All the flavor and excitement of the work have been captured alive,” wrote Washington Post arts critic Octavio Roca. “Blazer is magnificent in the title role. She is a crystal-clear lyric soprano. Her Marietta is sexy. Her comic timing is the best, her naughtiness always tongue in cheek. Here was a star the audience would have gladly listened to all night.”

Now, with Harbinger’s reissue of this historic recording, you can listen all night to such beautiful, haunting songs as “’Neath the Southern Moon,” “Italian Street Song,” “Live for Today,” “I’m Falling in Love With Someone” and “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life.”
The CD, produced by Ken Bloom and Dwight Blocker Bowers, includes a 20-page booklet with extensive essays and color photos, plus an interview with Judy Blazer.

Track Listing

1. Overture
2. Opening Chorus
3. Mysterious Melody
4. Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
5. Taisez-Vous
6. Song From the Fountain
7. Naughty Marietta
8. It Never, Never Can Be Love
9. If I Were Anybody Else but Me
10. ’Neath the Southern Moon
11. Italian Street Song
12. Act I Finale
13. Dance of the Marionettes
14. You Marry a Marionette
15. Loves of New Orleans
16. The Sweet Bye and Bye
17. Prelude to Live for Today
18. Live for Today
19. I’m Falling in Love With Someone
20. It’s Pretty Soft for Simon
21. Finale Ultimo