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Cagliostro in Wien (Cagliostro in Vienna) is an operetta in three acts by Johann Strauss II to a libretto by F. Zell[1] and Richard Genée. It premiered on 27 February 1875 at the Theater an der Wien, featuring Marie Geistinger and Alexander Girardi.


The premiere was highly successful, in no small part due to the audience favourite Alexander Girardi[2] (1850–1918) as Blasoni. Another notable performer at the premiere was Marie Geistinger (1836–1903) who had created the role of Rosalinde in Strauss's Die Fledermaus. However, weaknesses in the libretto and—by Strauss's standards—the pallid music, meant the work could not garner the level of long-term public support of the composer's other works. These shortcomings were corrected in a version with a revised libretto by Gustav Quedenfeldt and music by Karl Tutein (who included themes from the Kaiser-Walzer) which premiered on 8 May 1941 in Danzig (Gdańsk).


Role Voice type Premiere cast, 27 February 1875
(Conductor: Johann Strauss II)
Empress Maria Theresa soprano Henriette Wieser
Marie Luise, Infanta of Spain    
Baron Sebastian Schnucki, imperial custodian of morals baritono Alfred Schreiber
Count Cagliostro baritone Carl Adolf Friese
Lorenza, Italian street singer soprano Marie Geistinger
Feri von Lieven, Lieutenant    
Frau Adamai    
Annemarie, her niece    
Teiglein, pastry cook, Annemarie's guardian    
Blasoni, Count Cagliostro's aide tenore Alexander Girardi
Severin, owner of a funfair stall    
Innkeeper of The Turk Sconce    
The Hofmarschall    
Beppo and Barberino, Count Cagliostro's aides    
Ladies and gentlemen of the court, people, soldiers, police

Notable ariasEdit

  • "Zigeunerkind, wie glänzt dein Haar" ("Gypsy child, how shiny your hair")
  • "Die Rose erblüht, wenn die Sonne sie küsst" ("The rose will bloom when kissed by the sun")
  • "Könnt' ich mit Ihnen fliegen durchs Leben" ("Cagliostro Waltz") ("Could I but fly with you through life")


Giuseppe Balsamo (Cagliostro)

Johann Strauss used material from his operetta for the following works:

  • Cagliostro-Quadrille, Op. 369 (1875)
  • Cagliostro-Walzer, Op. 370 (1875), waltz
  • Hoch Österreich, Op. 371 (Hail Austria) (1875), march
  • Bitte schön!, Op. 372 (If You Please!) (1875), French polka
  • Auf der Jagd, Op. 373 (On the Hunt) (1875), quick polka
  • Licht und Schatten, Op. 374 (Light and Shadow) (1875) polka

Erich Wolfgang Korngold wrote an arrangement of the work, first performed on 13 April 1927 in Vienna.


  1. ^ F. Zell was the pen name of Camillo Walzel (1829–1895)
  2. ^ Elizabeth Forbes: "Girardi, Alexander", Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed 28 June 2008),

External linksEdit

  • "Johann Strauss Jun. – Cagliostro in Wien" (in German). Planet-Vienna. Retrieved 10 July 2008. Plot summary