Der Kuhreigen (German: [dɛɐ̯ ˈkuːˌʁaɪɡn̩], "The Cow Round") is an opera or musical play in three acts by the Austrian composer Wilhelm Kienzl. The libretto, by Richard Batka, is after Rudolf Hans Bartsch's novel Die kleine Blanchefleur. It was first performed at the Volksoper in Vienna on 23 November 1911.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, 23 November 1911|
Conductor: Robert Heger
|Primus Thaller||tenor||Rudolf Ritter|
|Marquis de Chézy||bass||Walden|
Set in revolutionary France, this is the love story of the Swiss Sergeant Primus Thaller, condemned for singing the banned Swiss 'Kuhreigen' folksong, and Blanchefleur, wife of the Marquis Massimelle, who saves him and then herself becomes a victim of the revolution.
Richard Tauber, who was a favourite of the composer, recorded the two main tenor arias twice for Odeon Records, firstly in April 1920 by the acoustic process, and again in September 1931 electrically. Both are now on CD.
- Casaglia, Gherardo (2005). "Der Kuhreigen". L'Almanacco di Gherardo Casaglia (in Italian).