Der Karneval in Rom

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Der Karneval in Rom (The Carnival in Rome) —also known as Karneval in Rom— is an operetta in three acts composed by Johann Strauss II to a libretto by Josef Braun, Richard Genée and Maximilian Steiner. It was Strauss' second operetta and based on Victorien Sardou's 1861 comedy Piccolino.[1] The work premiered on 1 March 1873 at the Theater an der Wien.[2]


Role Voice type Premiere cast, 1 March 1873
(Conductor: Johann Strauss II)
Marie, a girl from the country soprano Marie Geistinger (de)
Arthur Bryk, a painter tenor Albin Swoboda, Sr.
Count Falconi baritone Carl Adolf Friese
Countess Falconi soprano Caroline Charles-Hirsch (de)
Robert Hesse, a painter and Arthur's friend baritone Alfred Schreiber (de)
Benvenuto Rafaeli, a painter and Arthur's friend tenor Jani Szika
Donna Sofronia, head of a ladies school contralto
Therese, a young bride soprano Mme Charles-Rothier
Franz, a young groom tenor
Toni tenor
Sepp tenor
Martin tenor



  1. ^ Der Karneval in Rom, Chicago Public Library Catalogue
  2. ^ Traubner (2003) p. 115