THE LILY OF KILLARNEY'
An Opera in Three Acts by Sir Julius Benedict
(Words by Dion Boucicault and John Oxenford )
Relayed to Daventry
THE STATION CHORUS-Chorus Master,
S. H. WHITTAKER
THE AUGMENTED STATION ORCHESTRA, conducted by T. H. MORRISON
Notes by JOHN RUSSELL
SIR JULIUS BENEDICT was a German who followed in the steps of Handel by spending a great deal of his life in England. He is remembered chiefly by The Lily of Killarney.
The Opera is founded on Dion Boucicault 's play, The Colleen Bawn. Hardress Cregan (owner of a large estate, heavily involved) and Eily O'Con-nor (a peasant girl) are secretly married. To relieve his fortunes Cregan is persuaded by Corrigan (who holds the mortgages) to pay court to a rich heiress. The plot is concerned largely with the efforts of Cregan and Danny Mann (a boatman, Cregan's devoted follower) to induce Eily to give up her marriage lines. Cregan's gloves, obtained from his mother (who favours the rich marriage) are sent to Eily as a sign that Cregan needs her, and by this means she is inveigled into a boat. An attempt is made by Danny Mann to do away with her. But Myles Na Coppaleen shoots Danny, Eily is rescued, the rich heiress accepts another suitor who pays off the mortgage, and all ends happily.
[An illustrated Libretto of the above opera can be obtained from the Manchester Station, price 2d., including postage. Listeners in the North of England can obtain copies through the Wireless Dealers.]
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