Casanova (Benatzky)

Casanova is an operetta in three acts by Ralph Benatzky with music by Johann Strauss II and the libretto by Rudolph Schanzer and Ernst Welisch. Its first performance was on 1 September 1928 at the Großes Schauspielhaus in Berlin.

Casanova was one of a series of spectacular "revue-operettas" Benatzky wrote for producer and revue director Erik Charell at the Großes Schauspielhaus. The star-studded original cast of Casanova included Michael Bohnen, the well-known opera bass-baritone in the title role, Anni Frind, Anny Ahlers, Paul Morgan, and Siegfried "Sig" Arno.[1] La Jana was a dancer, and the Comedian Harmonists appeared there with enormous success.[2]


  1. ^ Traubner, Richard, Operetta: A Theatrical History (Garden City, New Jersey, 2004), p. 307
  2. ^ Moritz Loeb: "Casanova", in: Berliner Morgenpost, 5 September 1928.

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