Leichte Kavallerie

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Leichte Kavallerie
Operetta by Franz von Suppé
Franz von Suppé.jpg
The composer of the operetta, c. 1885
TranslationLight Cavalry
LibrettistKarl Costa
21 March 1866 (1866-03-21)
Carltheater, Vienna

Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry) is an operetta in two acts by Franz von Suppé, with a libretto by Karl Costa [de]. It was first performed in the Carltheater, Vienna, on 21 March 1866.

The original work is set in a 19th-century Austrian village where several love intrigues and the discovery of a father-daughter relationship are accompanied by the arrival of a regiment of hussars. In 1934, Hans Bodenstedt [de] completely rewrote the operetta. It was set in the 18th century amid the court intrigues of a Baron and his Hungarian Countess lover, whose ballet company is referred to as the "light cavalry".

While much of the operetta remains in relative obscurity, the Light Cavalry Overture is one of Suppé's best known works. The music from the operetta was used as the soundtrack of a film of the same name in 1935.[1]


Role Voice type Premiere cast, 21 March 1866
(Conductor: –)
Bums, the mayor bass Louis Grois
Apollonia, his wife contralto Minna Walter
Jimber Pankraz, a grocer spoken Josef Matras
Eulalia, his wife mezzo-soprano Bachmann
Weissling, the baker spoken
Dorothea, his daughter soprano
Kitt, a glazier spoken
Regina, his daughter soprano
Vilma, an orphan soprano Karoline Mayer
Hermann, Vilma's lover tenor Albert Telek
Janos, a hussar bass Karl Treumann
Stefan, a hussar tenor Franz Eppich
Carol, a hussar Voll


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