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Soon after their marriage, the couple set sail for the United States.
Therese had been engaged by the Metropolitan Opera to sing the title
role in the American première of Aida (in German). Victor
was the orchestra's principal 'cellist.
He immediately began to play an active role in New York's musical
life as a 'cello soloist, and member of the New York String Quartet.
He gave many concerts, including the American premiere of Brahms's
Double Concerto with the violinist Max Bendix, in 1889.
The previous year 1888 had seen him directing summer concerts at Brighton
Beach, assistant conductor to Anton Seidl. Over the years he directed many
such occasions and summer festivals. His programme mixture of lighter music
with the more standard repertoire set the style for the future Victor
He had succeeded Patrick Gilmore in 1893 as the musical director of the
famous 22nd Regiment Band of the New York National Guard, with which
he toured extensively. They gave many performances of original arrangements
from his operetta material.
Victor Herbert was appointed to the faculty of the new National Conservatory
of Music, in 1889. Three years later, Dvorák came from
Prague to be its principal. Herbert's compositions at this time were
concert works that culminated in the Second 'Cello Concerto,
Opus 30 (1894), which he premièred as soloist with the New York
Philharmonic Orchestra under Anton Seidl.
This was the same year in which he composed the first of his operettas,
Prince Ananias. By the dawn of the twentieth century, he had achieved
considerable success with The Serenade (1897), and The Fortune
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