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Cover to Cast Recording starring Nicolai Gedda

Music by Franz Lehár: Lyrics by Adrian Ross and Basil Hood: Book A.M. Willner and Robert Bodansky, adapted from the German by Basil Hood.
Daly's Theatre, 20 May, 1911 (240 perfs)

Adaptation by Eric Maschwitz and Bernard Grun.

Professional Version: book by Nigel Douglas, lyrics by Eric Maschwitz and Nigel Douglas
Sadler's Wells, 24 January, 1983

New Amsterdam Theatre, Broadway - 16 September, 1912 (120 perfs)


For half a million francs, a penniless Count agrees to marry - and in three month's time divorce - a girl unknown to him, so that, as a Countess, she can become the bride of a Grand Duke. At the wedding ceremony, the pair are separated by a screen - but later they meet and fall in love. Little knowing they are already husband and wife, they believe their romance is hopeless - but a happy ending is beautifully worked out, and the unfolding of the story is greatly enriched by Lehár 's lilting music, which includes two immortal waltzes. Additionally, a ballet to the celebrated "Gold and Silver Waltz" can be included.

Principals: 3 female, 12 male

Musical Numbers:

1911 Version

Cover to Plays PictorialOverture; Bohemia (Brissard's Song)
Pierrette and Pierrot
In High Society
A Carnival For Life
Say Not Love Is a Dream
The Count of Luxembourg
Love Goodbye
Cousins of the Czar
Finale, Act l;
Hail Angele, Our Nightingale
Love Breaks Every Bond
Are You Going to Dance?

1983 Version

Introduction/Carnival March
An Attic for Two
The Feast of Mardi Gras
I'm So In Love
A Cheque on the Safest of Banks
I'm to be a Bride Today
Tell Me Can This Be Love?
(Finale, Act 1)
Hail Angele
Love's a Dream
Lip to Lip, Cheek to Cheek
Why Surely This Is Love?
Razzle, Dazzle, Basil
Angel, You're My Heart's Delight
The Perfume of Blossoms in May
Finale, Act 3


flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, percussion, harp, strings. Professional Version: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 3 percussion, harp, celesta, stage music, strings

Discography: Sadlers' Wells Opera - CDTER 1050