Notes and Editorial Reviews
Johann Strauss’s Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice) is a three-act operetta with a libretto by F. Zell and Richard Genee. The operetta’s farcical story is loosely based on Le Chateau Trompette by Richard Genee and Eugene Cormon. The tale takes place in eighteenth-century Venice and involves several cases of mistaken identity that eventually lead to love.
The premier in 1883 was a total flop: despite an appealing Mediterranean atmosphere, Johann Strauss's sparkling melodies, and the comic potential of the story, weaknesses in the libretto stood in the way of the work’s success. Only after a thorough reworking did the operetta find favor with audiences. For his 1968 Electrola recording of the arrangement by Erich
Wolfgang Korngold, Franz Allers introduced further musical and dramatic changes with the aim of making the story more comprehensible and giving the characters sharper contours. This recording features tenor Nicolai Gedda in the lead role of Guido.
Works on This Recording
Eine Nacht in Venedig by Johann Strauss Jr.
Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano),
Rita Streich (Soprano),
Christine Görner (Soprano),
Hermann Prey (Baritone),
Nicolai Gedda (Tenor),
Cesare Curzi (Tenor),
Gisela Litz (Mezzo Soprano),
Marjorie Heistermann (Soprano),
Christian Oppelberg (Baritone),
Theodor Nicolai (Bass),
Franz Weiss (Spoken Vocals),
Karl Kreille (Spoken Vocals),
Hans Günter Grimm (Bass)
Graunke Symphony Orchestra,
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Written: 1883; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 09/1967
Venue: Bürgerbräu, Munich, Germany
Length: 95 Minutes 22 Secs.
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