Count of Luxembourg, The (Operatic Society version)
Composer: Lehár, Franz 1870-1948
Operatic Society version - translation by Eric Maschwitz, orchestrated by Bernard Grun
Lehár’s Der Graf von Luxemburg (The Count from Luxembourg -1909) is one of three operettas that he produced in a three-month period following the comparative unpopularity of his Der Mann mit den drei Frauen (The Man with Three Wives - 1908). Of these three new works - Das Fürstenkind, Der Graf von Luxemburg and Zigeunerliebe - the latter two became international hits. By 1911, Der Graf von Luxemburg had spread through theatres in Germany, and soon after created a frenzy in London and Paris.
SYNOPSIS: For half a million francs, a penniless Count agrees to marry - and in three month’s time divorce - a girl unknown to him, so that, as a Countess, she can become the bride of a Grand Duke. At the wedding ceremony, the pair are separated by a screen - but later they meet and fall in love. Little knowing they are already husband and wife, they believe their romance is hopeless - but a happy ending is beautifully worked out, and the unfolding of the story is greatly enriched by Lehár ‘s lilting music, which includes two immortal waltzes. A ballet to the celebrated Gold and Silver Waltz can be included.
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