Who was Victor Herbert?

   Victor Herbert (1859-1924) was a musician and composer of light operas whose works have given him an international reputation, was born in Dublin, Ireland, and educated in music in Germany. After touring Europe as a cellist, he came to New York in 1886 as cellist of the New York Metropolitan Orchestra. He succeeded Gilmore as leader of the Twenty-second Regiment band and later was conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Since 1904 Mr. Herbert had devoted his time to composing. Among more than twenty-five light operas Babes in Toyland, Princess Pat and The Singing Girl are especially popular. Natoma is a grand opera based on American history and requiring American scenery.