The Luxurious Life (Turkish: Lüküs Hayat) is a 1933 Turkish operetta by composer Cemal Reşit Rey. The librettist was his brother, Ekrem Reşit Rey [tr], and the story is based on criticism of the nouveau riche groups in newly established Turkish Republic. The three-act operetta starts when a thief Rıza is accidentally thought to be a wealthy man (Rıza Bey) with the same name from Zonguldak in a ball. The story portrays the life of the new rich of 1930's Turkey and their indifference to the economic problems of the rest of the society.[1]

It is one of the most successful and viewed Turkish operettas.[2]


  1. ^ Akgül, L. Hilal. "CUMHURİYET'İN 10. YILINDA BİR MUHALİF OPERET: LÜKÜS HAYAT" [An Operetta that Opposes from 10th Anniversary of the Turkish Republic: Lüküs Hayat] (PDF) (in Turkish). Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Mersin opera stage opens with blockbuster Turkish operetta". Hürriyet Daily News. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2017.