Helen Mané (Angèle), Maria Tiboldi (Marguérite), Tatjana Iwanow (Palmira), Christiane Schröder (Hortense), Harald Serafin (Paul), Maurice Besançon (Georges) & Heinz Erhardt (Caesare)
Symphony Orchestra Kurt Graunke, Munich, Willy Mattes (conductor) & Eugen York (director)
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Richard Heuberger (1850–1914) came from a wealthy, art-loving Graz (Austria-Hungary) family. After working as an engineer, he decided to devote himself completely to music, working as choral director of the Vienna Singakademie, composer of instrumental music, ballets, cantatas and operas, music critic and music journalist.
Shortly before the turn of the century, he tried his luck with operettas. Only his first work, the delicately orchestrated, splendidly hued Opernball (Opera Ball ) of 1898 – a beautiful and substantial echo of the Strauss era – has managed to maintain its position in the repertoire. In this work, Heuberger tried to create a new operetta style, the “comedy operetta”. He eschewed spectacular costumes and choruses, sentimentality and drama by picking up where Offenbach had left off in La vie parisienne and Strauss in Die Fledermaus. According to the great Viennese music critic Eduard Hanslick, he succeeded in “preserving the purity of the Viennese operetta. The Opernball was a popular, witty piece and Heuberger accordingly avoided the effects of grand opera, both noisy passion and watered-down sentimentality.”
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language), GB, FR
Running Time: 100 mins
“All in all, the performances give a sense of the work, especially through continuity which remains an attractive element of the film The action moves smoothly between the scenes and plays well into the timing necessary for the comic twists...The timing in the film allows it to work cogently within this interpretation of the operetta.”