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Heuberger: Der Opernball (Opera Ball) / Helen Mane, Maria Tiboldi, Tatjana Iwanow, Christiane Schroder [DVD]

Album Summary

>Heuberger, Richard : Der Opernball, Operetta Film
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In this work, Richard Heuberger (1850-1914) tried to create a new operetta style, the "comedy operetta". He eschewed spectacular costumes and choruses, sentimentality and drama by picking up where Offenbach had left off in La vie parisienne and Strauss in Die Fledermaus. According to the great Viennese music critic Eduard Hanslick, he succeeded in "preserving the purity of the Viennese operetta.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 100 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): Stereo,
Subtitles: German, English, French
Country of Origin: Germany


A minor piece of Vienna gold
Pretty much the sole survivor of Heuberger's small operetta output, "Opernball" may not boast one of the great theatre scores, but it's certainly pleasant enough, and it does have the famous waltz "Im Chambre séparée". The plot is like "Die Fledermaus," only more so: here three women run about in disguise to befuddle their menfolk at the Paris ball of the title. (You probably won't need to be told that all ends well.) For reasons best known to the director--perhaps to justify the cheap-looking sets--framing scenes have been added, in which the painter Toulouse-Lautrec and a model discuss the events of the story. (There are also some anachronistic gags in the dialogue, typical with these 1970s tv productions.) As usual, the singing has been pre-recorded--which would be less noticeable if the acoustic were not so different during the spoken passages. However, the performers are all good, especially Uwe Friedrichsen and Christiane Schroeder as the juvenile couple, and there doesn't seem to be another complete version of this piece in any format. Clear subtitles, stereo sound, nice booklet.
Submitted on 05/07/13 by Jim D. 
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>Heuberger, Richard : Der Opernball, Operetta Film
  • Performers: Heinz Erhardt (Voice); Tatjana Iwanow (Voice); Helen Mane (Voice); Harald Serafin (Tenor); Maria Tiboldi (Voice)
  • Conductor: Willy Mattes
  • Ensemble: Symphony Orchestra Kurt Graunke, Munich
  • Running Time: 100 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1897
  • Studio/Live: Studio