Die stumme Serenade

Erich Wolfgang Korngold


Libretto by Raoul Auernheimer, Victor Clement, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Bert Reisfeld

Austrian premiere


In one and the same night the Neapolitan head of government is the victim of a bomb attack and someone breaks into the villa of his fiancée, the well-known actress Silvia Lombardi. The fashion designer Andrea Coclé immediately emerges as the prime suspect, because he is passionately in love with the diva and had planned to sing her a serenade at precisely the time the crime was being committed … Reception of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s last work for the stage, which premiered in 1954, was as silent as the titular serenade. Korngold had enjoyed a breath-taking career, from a child prodigy in Vienna to an Oscar-winning composer of film music who, due to the increasing anti-Semitic and fascist threat in his homeland, emigrated to the USA in the 1930s. His musical comedy, intended for Broadway, unfolds between fashion shows and revolutions, evoking the golden age of Viennese operetta and interspersing it with jazz-inflected revue numbers. Exactly 100 years after Korngold wrote operetta history with his mould-breaking interpretation of Johann Strauss’s Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice) at the Theater an der Wien, Die stumme Serenade will now be heard on an Austrian stage for the first time.


In German with German & English surtitles


Introduction to the work 30 minutes before the performance


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