Waltz Dream, A

Composer: Straus, Oscar 1870 - 1954

Version: English by Michael Flanders and Edmund Tracey

Oscar Straus’ first attempt at a Viennese operetta, after several operas and burlesques, brought him international renown. The sentimental story, full of nostalgia for old Vienna, appealed greatly to German and Austro-Hungarian audiences and the original Viennese production at the Carltheater in 1907 enjoyed a longer run than even The Merry Widow. In the imaginary state of Rurislavenstein the heiress to the throne has disrupted court life by marrying a common Austrian guardsman, Niki. After much heart-searching and a near disaster, when she mistakes Niki’s harmless meeting with Franzi (the leader of an Austrian girls’ orchestra) for infidelity, the Princess learns to love her hastily-chosen husband and the inevitable happy ending ensues.

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