Kimberly McCord, Alison Kelly (soprano), Erich Buchholz, Gerald Frantzen (tenor), Robert Morrisse (bass), Chicago Folks Operetta, John Frantzen (conductor)
Leo Fall's early career mirrored that of his famous contemporary Franz Lehar. Both were born in provinces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and soon moved to the Imperial capital, Vienna. There they both wrote a series of glorious operettas. Fall's The Rose of Stambul, set in Ottoman Turkey, is a sparkling masterpiece that ran for fifteen months, the most successful such work since Lehar's The Merry Widow, composed eleven years earlier. The plot offers comedy, mistaken identity, cultural misunderstandings, exoticism, and, of course, a romance that must overcome various obstacles, while Fall's melodies are exquisitely beautiful, with numerous hit songs. Formed in Chicago, Illinois in 2006, Chicago Folks Operetta specialises in reviving and restoring rare Viennese and American operettas. In order to preserve the immediacy and accessibility of the shows the works are presented in new and carefully researched English translations that bring the charming and contemporary humour of these works to life for modern audiences.
Fall The Rose of Stambul
Running Time: 2 hr