Oberes Belvedere

Die stumme Serenade (The Silent Serenade)

Kammeroper aussen
© Peter M. May / Kammeroper
Kammeroper aussen

Comedy with music in two acts
libretto by Raoul Auernheimer, Victor Clement, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Bert Reisfeld
in German with surtitles

Austrian premiere: June 5, 2023

Wiener KammerOrchester
Musical direction: Ingo Martin Stadtmüller
Production: Dirk Schmeding

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, in 1938, had decided to stay permanently in the USA because of his Jewish ancestry. 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.

Current Dates

  • Fri. 09 Jun 2023, 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 11 Jun 2023, 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 14 Jun 2023, 7 p.m.
  • Fri. 16 Jun 2023, 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 18 Jun 2023, 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 20 Jun 2023, 7 p.m.
  • Fri. 23 Jun 2023, 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 25 Jun 2023, 7 p.m.