Notes and Editorial Reviews
Composed by Carl Millocker in 1884, the three act Viennese operetta, Gasparone, was among Millocker’s most successful works. It was first performed in 1884 in Vienna, and within one year it had made its way through Berlin and across the ocean to New York City.
This star-studded recording of Carl Millocker’s Gasparone transports listeners back in time to the Mediterranean coast of the 1820s, where the tale takes place. A complex plot brings together a band of smugglers who invent a character – Gasparone – who acts as a scapegoat for all the crimes of the neighborhood. Through cunning trickery, the mysterious Gasparone and the heroine, Countess Carlotta, find love.
For the 1982 Electrola production, Heinz
Wallberg cast Anneliese Rothenberger and Hermann Prey in the lead roles. The delightful work had largely vanished from the repertoire, and this recording played an important role in rescuing Gasparone from oblivion.
Works on This Recording
Gasparone by Karl Millöcker
Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano),
Hermann Prey (Baritone),
Gabriele Fuchs (Soprano),
Gunter Wewel (Bass),
Martin Finke (Tenor)
Bavarian State Opera Chorus,
Munich Radio Orchestra
Written: 1884; Vienna, Austria
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