Antonio Theba (Paganini), Teresa Stratas (Princess Anna Elisa), Johannes Heesters (Prince Felice), Dagmar Koller (Bella Giretti), Peter Kraus (Pimpinelli) & Fritz Tillmann (Count Carcasona)
Symphony Orchestra Kurt Graunke, Munich, Wolfgang Ebert (conductor) & Eugen York (stage director)
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Script by PAUL KNEPLER AND BELA JENBACH
Television adaptation by ROLF AND ALEXANDRA BECKER, EUGEN YORK
Franz Lehár’s operetta „Paganini“ (Vienna, 1925) marked the start of a new period in the composer’s work that was strongly influenced by the tenor Richard Tauber. Lehár now began to write works that were highly demanding in vocal terms and stylistically closely modelled on the opera repertoire.
The enormous success achieved by these works prove how right he was in not merely trying to make people laugh, but also to provide them with emotionally moving situations. One of the most successful operettas from this period was undoubtedly „Paganini“, which includes the immortal melody „Gern hab‘ ich die Frau’n geküsst“. Now for the first time, the legendary 1973 film version of the operetta offers an opportunity to experience once again stars like Teresa Stratas, Peter Kraus, Dagmar Koller and, last but not least, Johannes Heesters.
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3 Colour
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language), GB, FR
Running Time: 107 mins
“The colour film and sound recording, from 1973, are very good...Lovely melodies, lovely production.”
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