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Mirette (opera)

Mirette is an opéra comique in three acts composed by André Messager, first produced at the Savoy Theatre, London, on 3 July 1894. Mirette exists in two distinct versions; the first version of the libretto was written in French by Michel Carré but this was never performed. English lyrics were written by Frederic E. Weatherly, English dialogue based on the Carré libretto was written by Harry Greenbank; this first English version of the opera ran for 41 performances, closing on 11 August 1894. This was the shortest run of any opera produced at the Savoy Theatre under the management of Richard D'Oyly Carte; the second version, advertised as a "new version with new lyrics by Adrian Ross," ran for 61 performances, from 6 October 1894 to 6 December 1894. Both versions tell the same story, with the second version emphasising comedy over the romance of the first version; the music has been forgotten. However, one song became popular in the United States in the early years of the twentieth century, though it was not credited as being from Mirette.

The piece featured Savoy regulars including Courtice Pounds, Rosina Brandram, Scott Russell, Emmie Owen, Florence Perry, R. Scott Fishe, Walter Passmore. Richard Temple joined in the revised version, as did the experienced singer Florence St. John, who made her Savoy debut in the work. Gilbert and Sullivan's Utopia Limited was playing more weakly than its producer, Richard D'Oyly Carte, had expected, he anticipated that he would need a new work for the Savoy Theatre for the summer of 1894. Messager was enjoying a growing international reputation, Carte had produced Messager's opera La Basoche at his Royal English Opera House in 1891–92. Carte commissioned Messager to write his first opera for British audiences. Messager works would prove to be more successful in England, including The Little Michus, Véronique, Monsieur Beaucaire; the libretto for Mirette was written in French by Carré. Some of the music was composed before Weatherly translated and rewrote the lyrics and Greenback translated the dialogue.

To assist Messager in what was for him an unfamiliar idiom, he enlisted the help of the songwriter Hope Temple, née Dotie Davis, who became his second wife. She may have written some of the songs; the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians lists her as possible co-author. The original version of Mirette opened at the Savoy Theatre, London, on 3 July 1894 and closed on 11 August 1894, it draws on Balfe's opera The Bohemian Girl and uses various shopworn theatrical devices and conventions, including the gypsy background, a romance across class and station, the desertion of the bride at her betrothal ceremony, the antics of the comedian. These would have been familiar to London audiences at the time. Furthermore, this romantic type of opera was out of place at the Savoy Theatre, the home of Gilbert and Sullivan and their unique kind of less sentimental comic opera. Carte asked the popular lyricist Adrian Ross to rewrite the piece with as much emphasis on comedy as possible. Ross reduced the romantic parts while boosting the comic part of Bobinet for Passmore, making the role of the Marquise lighter, emphasising past Savoy successes by strengthening the subplot regarding the past love between the Marquise and the Baron.

He rewrote existing lyrics and introduced more opportunities for dance numbers. Though Walter Passmore had created smaller roles in Jane Annie and Utopia Limited, the role of Bobinet was his first real starring part. In 1894, Passmore named his new daughter Mirette in acknowledgement of his success in this breakout role; the cast changes, including adding another Savoy favourite, Richard Temple, as the Baron and engaging the soprano Florence St. John as Mirette; the revised version ran for 61 performances, until 6 December. The early reviews for Mirette were mixed at best. Evening News and Post wrote that "There has been nothing at the Savoy for a long time prettier or more elaborate in a spectacular way than Mirette, it would be ungenerous to grumble at the quality of the humour when it affords such a feast of beauty for eye and ear." The Globe disagreed: "English audiences have been accustomed to expect something more in the librettos of comic operas than a mere dishing-up of old situations and conventional characters....

The story is singularly destitute of interest or originality." Daily Graphic was disappointed by both the libretto and the music, while The Stage thought that "Messager's music is invariably characterised by smooth melody and graceful expressiveness, but in Mirette one feels that a little variation from these commendable qualities would now and again be welcome." Vanity Fair called the plot "feeble" and "trivial", The Times unfavourably compared the piece with earlier Savoy operas, Daily Telegraph complained: "It does not appear that the composer is gifted with the keen sense of humour which works written for the Savoy have exemplified. In the merriest situations, his strains refuse to laugh, flow on elegantly, with perfect blandness and good breeding." The reviewer in the magazine Judy wrote, "Despite the poor book, the poorer lyrics, the poorest dialogue,—despite, the despe

Mary Lou Harkness

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She was hired in 1958 as the fourth employee of the university. Ms. Harkness and other library employees worked at a house in Tampa’s Hyde Park neighborhood, a house on campus, the university student union ballroom before the library building opened in 1961. In 1968, Harkness became the library's director – the first woman to hold such a position in the Florida university system, indeed one of a few to hold such a position nationwide, her career at USF saw her help create a library collection that started from zero, grew to 800,000 by the time she retired as library director in 1988. During this time she helped to implement automation technology, she fought to ensure that it received its fair share of funding, from Florida legislators who, she said, tended to favor older universities in the state. In 1962 Harkness traveled to Nigeria to assist with the creation of national system of libraries, she felt about women's rights and women in politics. She was member of the Athena Society, the USF Women's Club, she worked on the campaigns of former state Sen. Betty Castor, former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio

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The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.7 males. The median income for a household in the town was $37,500, the median income for a family was $47,083. Males had a median income of $31,667 versus $22,031 for females; the per capita income for the town was $14,222. About 17.9% of families and 23.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.1% of those under the age of eighteen and 33.3% of those sixty five or over

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