Der lustige Krieg
|Johann Strauss II|
Der lustige Krieg (The Merry War) is a three-act operetta composed by Johann Strauss II. The work was first performed on 25 November 1881 at the Theater an der Wien. Its libretto was by F Zell (Camillo Walzel) and Richard Genée. The operetta was well received at its premiere, and was performed 69 times during its first run.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast, 25 November 1881
(Conductor: Johann Strauss II)
|Violetta, Countess Lomelli, a widow||soprano||Caroline Finaly|
|Artemisia, Princess of Massa-Carrara||contralto||Rosa Streitmann|
|Balthasar Groot, her husband, a tulip merchant from Holland||baritone|
|Marchese Sebastiano||tenor||Alexander Girardi|
|Colonel Umberto Spinola||tenor|
|Colonel van Scheelen||spoken|
|Officers and their wives, soldiers and people (chorus)|
It concerns a dispute between two states. The 'war' between them is played out as a game of love between Colonel Umberto Spinola, the commander-in-chief of the Genoese army, and the widowed Countess Violetta. Despite the name of the operetta, there is no fighting or bloodshed in the 'war'.
Johann Strauss: Der lustige Krieg, ORF Radio-Symphonie Orchester, Wiener Jeunesse-Chor, Wiener Motettenchor
- Conductor: Ulf Schirmer
- Principal singers: Eva Mei, Jorma Silvasti, Daphne Evangelatos, Jörg Schneider, Paul Armin Edelmann, Birgid Steinberger
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- Label: ORF CD240
- Casaglia, Gherardo (2005). "Der lustige Krieg". Almanacco Amadeus (in Italian).