Prinz Methusalem

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Prinz Methusalem (Prince Methusalem) is an operetta written by Johann Strauss II to a libretto by Karl Treumann, after Victor Wilder and Alfred Delacourt. It was first performed on January 3, 1877 in Vienna at the Carltheater. It achieved a run of eighty performances.[1] The pot-pourri overture incorporates themes from the operetta, as well as other material that might have sometime been part of the planned score.


Role Voice type Premiere cast, 3 January 1877
(Conductor: Johann Strauss II)
Herzog von Rikarak bass Josef Matras
Prinz Methusalem mezzo-soprano / tenor-baritone Antonie Link
Pulcinella soprano Caroline Finaly
Sigismund baritone Wilhelm Knaack
Sophistica mezzo-soprano Therese Braunecker-Schäfer


  1. ^ "Strauss II, J.: Famous Overtures CD". NaxosDirect. Archived from the original on May 5, 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2008.