- Andrew Lamb
Musikalische Komödie in five scenes by Franz Lehár to a libretto by Paul Knepler and Fritz Löhner ; Vienna, Staatsoper, 20 January 1934.
In a Mediterranean European port, the beautiful Giuditta (soprano) is tired of life with her husband Manuele (baritone). Octavio (tenor), an army captain, passes by, ardently expressing the joys of life (‘Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert!’). Giuditta scents freedom from her dull life and fulfilment of her yearning for love (‘In einem Meer von Liebe’), while Octavio is immediately taken by her beauty (‘Schönste der Frau’n’). She decides to set sail with him to North Africa, where in Scene 2 they are living together, oblivious to the arrival of Giuditta’s friends, the fruit-seller Pierrino (...