PE0267. DIE LUSTIGE WITWE (The Merry Widow) (Lehár), recorded 1906 [primarily Original Viennese cast], w.Mizzi Günther, Lois Treumann & Franz Werner; DIE LUSTIGE WITWE (The Merry Widow) (Lehár) recorded 1907 [primarily Original London cast], w.Elizabeth Firth, Robert Evett, Harvey Hindermeyer & Elsie Sinclair; Dance Music from the Operetta, recorded c.1908 & 1922. (England) Palaeophonics 92, Revised Edition w.Elaborate ‘The Play’ 36pp. Brochure replete with photos of the production & biographies. Excellently transferred from the legendary Acoustic 78rpm rarities.
“The operetta was first performed at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna on 30 December 1905 with Mizzi Günther as Hanna, Louis Treumann as Danilo, Siegmund Natzler as Baron Zeta and Annie Wünsch as Valencienne. It was Lehár's first major success, becoming internationally the best-known operetta of its era. Lehár subsequently made changes for productions in London in 1907 (two new numbers), and Berlin in the 1920s
The operetta toured Austria and in 1906 enjoyed productions in Hamburg's Neues Operetten-Theater, Berlin's Berliner Theater (starring Gustav Matzner as Danilo and Marie Ottmann as Hanna, who made the first complete recording in 1907), and Budapest's Magyar Szinhaz.
Its English adaptation by Basil Hood, with lyrics by Adrian Ross, became a sensation in London in 1907 and ran for an extraordinary 778 performances, followed by extensive British tours.”
- Hans Lick