Die Landstreicher

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Die Landstreicher ("The Tramps") is an operetta in one prologue and two acts by Karl Michael Ziehrer (libretto by Leopold Krenn and Carl Lindau). It was first performed on 29 July 1899, at the Summer Theatre "Venedig in Wien",[1] with Ludmilla Gaston as von Rodenstein, Franz Glawatsch, Rudolf del Zopp, Siegmund Steiner, Poldi Augustin, Anton Matschegg, Vali Paak, and Max Schönau.[2]

The premiere was just three weeks after the death of Johann Strauss II. Despite the Viennese mourning for their beloved composer, the operetta was especially noted for its 'Viennese' spirit and more so with Ziehrer himself conducting, the review from the press was favorable with Ziehrer heralded as a new composer to usher in a new age.


Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 29 July 1899
(Conductor: Carl Michael Ziehrer)
Berta Fliederbusch, tramp soprano Poldi Augustin
August Fliederbusch, her husband, also a tramp tenor Franz Glawatsch
Mimi, a dancer soprano
Prince Adolar Gilka tenor or baritone Siegmund Steiner
Anna Gratwohl soprano
'Gerichtsassessor' Roland tenor Rudolf del Zopp
Lieutenant Mucki von Rodenstein mezzo-soprano or tenor Ludmilla Gaston
Lieutenant Rudi von Muggenheim soprano or baritone Anton Matscheg
Kampel, a court usher bass Max Schönau
Gratwohl, an inn-keeper, Anna's father baritone or bass Vali Paak
Leitgeb, a hotelier baritone
Frau Leitgeb contralto
Stöber, conductor of a male choir tenor or baritone
Lajos von Geletneky, a painter tenor or baritone
Dancers, parlour maids, waiters, peasants, summer visitors, singers, costumed guests etc.

Film version[edit]

A film was made in 1937 directed by Karel Lamač with a script by Geza von Cziffra. It starred Paul Hörbiger, Rudolf Carl, Lucie Englisch, Erika Drusovich and Rudolf Platte.


  1. ^ Andrew Lamb. "Zeihrer, C. M.". In L. Root, Deane. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Amadeus Almanac