2012 Johann Strauss Festival Dresden
The Johann Strauss repertoire of the Dresden State Operetta is one of a kind, and will serve as a highlight of the 2014 festival. In addition to performances of his two most famous works, “Die Fledermaus” and “A Night in Venice,” two rarities chosen from Strauss’s oeuvre of 16 operettas will be put on stage: “The Carnival in Rome” and “Prince Methusalem.” Both of these forgotten gems have meanwhile seen over 70 performances in Dresden and on numerous tours in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, delighting audiences everywhere – not least of all thanks to well-known TV stars like Désirée Nick, whose racy hosting skills have turned the shows into unforgettable experiences.
The festival will be opened with a new production of the comic opera “The Bartered Bride.” Strauss discovered Bedřich Smetana’s folksy opera in 1892 in Vienna, and was inspired by it to compose his Balkan operetta “Jabuka.” Added to the program is another “non-Strauss” piece: “The Firebrand of Florence.” The first Broadway operetta to be performed outside of America, it was Kurt Weill’s tribute to classic European operetta. About Johann Strauss he wrote: “There is something in this music which comes from the highest form of art, something human.” Experience six different stage works by Johann Strauss, Bedřich Smetana and Kurt Weill in a single week – only the Johann Strauss Festival at the Dresden State Operetta can offer such diversity!