Origin of the name MIRELLA.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name MIRELLA.
An Italian form of French Mireille
(q.v.), Provençal Mirèio
(q.v.), old Occitan Mirèlha
(q.v.), meaning "admirable." Usage: Italy, Switzerland.
Mireille, which came later than "Faust" in order of
production, is a pastoral romance based on "Mirèio,"
a poem by that beloved poet of Provence, Frederic Mistral. Gounod
has drawn freely upon Provençal folk-songs. The plot, therefore,
is less significant than the "atmosphere," and the work indeed
is but a tale of simple peasant life.
The scene opens in a mulberry grove, where the
village girls are teasing Mirella over her hopeless love for Vincent,
a poor basket-maker. Tavena, the fortune-teller, warns her
that Ramon, the girl's father never will consent to the
union. Mirella accepts the woman's help, but soon forgets
her when Vincent arrives. The two have a passionate love
scene, and they arrange to meet at a distant shrine if anything goes
wrong. Mirella learns that her father plans to marry
her to the wild herdsman, Ourrias, but when he arrives, Mirella
refuses him, and avows her love for Vincent. Vincent's
father attempts to gain the consent of Mirella's father to the
union, but the latter charges mercenary motives. A quarrel ensues,
and Mirella's plans seem spoiled forever. She therefore
starts on the the journey across the desert to the distant shrine.
The journey proves almost too much, even though Tavena
overtakes her and assures her Vincent will be there. She
arrives so exhausted that her death seems imminent. Vincent
attempts to revive her but without success. Her father Ramon,
however, who has followed, is so overcome by her distress that he
finally consents to the marriage and Mirella recovers—so that
all ends happily—even under operatic law. (Victrola Book of the
Opera, Rous, 1921)