Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Dec. 31, 1986)
Composer: Johann Strauss Jr.
Librettist: Karl Haffner and Richard Genée
Tate; Te Kanawa, Blegen, Troyanos, Rendall, Hagegård, Devlin
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 38 min.
“A sumptuous fantasy out of some grand hotel of the Belle Epoch”—this was one critic’s comment when this production of the most Viennese of all operettas opened at the Met. Staged by Vienna’s own Otto Schenk (who also does a star turn as the jailer Frosch), with gorgeous sets and costumes by Günther Schneider-Siemssen and Peter J. Hall, it’s the essence of a carefree, slightly naughty take on the myth of the Imperial city by the Danube. Of course it helps to have an all-star cast: from Tatiana Troyanos’s arch, smoldering Prince Orlofsky to Kiri Te Kanawa’s dreamy, elegant Rosalinde to Judith Blegen’s pert Adele. No wonder all the men involved are completely smitten—and everybody is having the time of their lives.