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date: 29 May 2020

Wiener Blut (‘Vienna Blood’)locked

  • Andrew Lamb

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(‘Vienna Blood’)

Operette in three acts arranged by Adolf Mü ller the younger from the music of Johann Strauss to a libretto by Victor Léon and Leo Stein ; Vienna, Carltheater, 25 October 1899.

The operetta was arranged with the elderly composer’s approval from dances published by the house of Cranz. It lacks the compositional span of Strauss’s original operetta compositions, but the sparkle and brilliance of his melodies, allied to a lively plot by the librettists of Die lustige Witwe, has ensured its lasting popularity. Louis Treumann was the original Josef.

It is 1815 and, with everyone in Vienna for the Congress, Count Zedlau (tenor), Viennese ambassador of Reuss-Schleiz-Greiz, is trying to balance his amorous liaisons. Up from the country, his wife Gabriele (soprano) arrives at his villa in Döbling (‘Grüss dich Gott, du liebes Nesterl’), unaware that his ballerina mistress Franziska Cagliari (soprano) is installed there. The Count’s valet Josef (tenor ...

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