Angèle HELEN MANÉ
Marguérite MARIA TIBOLDI
Palmira TATJANA IWANOW
Hortense CHRISTIANE SCHRÖDER
Paul HARALD SERAFIN
Georges MAURICE BESANÇON
Caesare HEINZ ERHARDT
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA KURT GRAUNKE, MUNICH
Conducted by WILLY MATTES
Directed by EUGEN YORK
Richard Heuberger (1850-1914) came from a wealthy, art-loving Graz (Austria-Hungary) family. After working as an engineer, he decided to devote himself completely to music, working as choral director of the Vienna Singakademie, composer of instrumental music, ballets, cantatas and operas, music critic and music journalist.
Shortly before the turn of the century,Read more he tried his luck with operettas. Only his first work, the delicately orchestrated, splendidly hued Opernball (Opera Ball ) of 1898 - a beautiful and substantial echo of the Strauss era - has managed to maintain its position in the repertoire. In this work, Heuberger tried to create a new operetta style, the "comedy operetta". He eschewed spectacular costumes and choruses, sentimentality and drama by picking up where Offenbach had left off in La vie parisienne and Strauss in Die Fledermaus. According to the great Viennese music critic Eduard Hanslick, he succeeded in "preserving the purity of the Viennese operetta. The Opernball was a popular, witty piece and Heuberger accordingly avoided the effects of grand opera, both noisy passion and watered-down sentimentality."
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Subtitle Languages: German (Original Language), English, French
Running Time: 100 mins
Region Code: 0 (All Region)
Works on This Recording
Der Opernballby Richard Heuberger Performer:
Harald Serafin (Tenor),
Helen Mané (Soprano),
Maria Tiboldi (Soprano),
Tatjana Iwanow (Soprano),
Christiane Schröder (Voice),
Maurice Besançon (Tenor),
Heinz Erhardt (Voice)
Kurt Graunke Symphony Orchestra Munich
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
A minor piece of Vienna goldMay 7, 2013By Jim D. See All My Reviews"Pretty much the sole survivor of Heuberger's small operetta output, "Opernball" may not boast one of the great theatre scores, but it's certainly pleasant enough, and it does have the famous waltz "Im Chambre séparée". The plot is like "Die Fledermaus," only more so: here three women run about in disguise to befuddle their menfolk at the Paris ball of the title. (You probably won't need to be told that all ends well.) For reasons best known to the director--perhaps to justify the cheap-looking sets--framing scenes have been added, in which the painter Toulouse-Lautrec and a model discuss the events of the story. (There are also some anachronistic gags in the dialogue, typical with these 1970s tv productions.) As usual, the singing has been pre-recorded--which would be less noticeable if the acoustic were not so different during the spoken passages. However, the performers are all good, especially Uwe Friedrichsen and Christiane Schroeder as the juvenile couple, and there doesn't seem to be another complete version of this piece in any format. Clear subtitles, stereo sound, nice booklet."Report Abuse
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