Dumme Gärtner aus dem Gebirge, Der [Der dumme Gärtner aus dem Gebirge, oder Die zween Anton (‘The Dumb Gardener from the Mountains, or The Two Antons’)]
- Peter Branscombe
- , revised by David J. Buch
[Der dumme Gärtner aus dem Gebirge, oder Die zween Anton (‘The Dumb Gardener from the Mountains, or The Two Antons’)]
Singspiel in two acts by Johann Baptist Henneberg, Benedikt Schack and franz xaver Gerl to a libretto by emanuel Schikaneder; Vienna, Theater auf der Wieden, 12 July 1789.
This singspiel (also known as Die beiden Anton) is a story of mistaken identity, love and conflict between an aristocratic family and their servants. It has an honoured place in the history of the Viennese popular theatre: it was the work that Schikaneder wrote for his first appearance at the Theater auf der Wieden after his return from the provinces, and it marks the first appearance of the character of the gardener boy Anton, with which he hoped to outdo the popularity of the comic servant Kaspar (or Käsperle) in his rival Marinelli’s Theater in der Leopoldstadt. In all, there were six sequels to Der dumme Gärtner; contemporary commentary, including Mozart’s letter of May–June 1790 to his wife, testifies to the resounding success of the series. The first two operas were widely performed throughout German-speaking lands for decades. ...